Arsenal have been handed the news which will invoke mixed views and grumbles from supporters - Kim Kallstrom is fit to return.
The Swede, through no fault of his own, is seen as a beacon of Arsenal's flawed transfer policy which has threatened to undermine their positive start to the season.
With the club crying out for a striker, Arsene Wenger signed none, snapping up Kim Kallstorm on loan - who it was revealed less than 24 hours later, had a fractured back. A farce, in the eyes of many.
Well Kallstrom is back in training, report The Mirror - but...
There's always a 'but'. In fact in this case there are quite a few of them.
- Firstly, Kallstrom is not expected back this weekend against Everton. The Mirror cite there is an outside chance, but his availability is far more likely against Spurs a week later.
- Secondly, the Spurs game is the same date Aaron Ramsey is due back from injury. If there is a choice between who gets picked, there's no contest, the Swede will have to do with a place on the bench at best. Ramsey's injury was actually the reason Wenger signed him, as cover - and seeing them back on the same date only emphasises the view the loan is viewed to have failed already.
- Thirdly, this is a crucial phase of the season, with Arsenal's March fixture list tougher than any they have faced this campaign. Despite his experience, he has never played in the Premier League, and has not played alongside his teammates in even a friendly fixture. Is a North London Derby, or the FA Cup game against Everton the sort of game he should be making his debut in? Surely not.
While it's not beyond Wenger to select Kallstrom simply to try and prove he was right, you would hope he chooses the best eleven available for each game, and doesn't show his stubborn streak.
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