New year return for defender

Vermaelen 'not back before January'

December 6, 2010
Arsenal have confirmed that centre-back Thomas Vermaelen will not return to action until the new year as he continues to recover from an Achilles problem.

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Vermaelen has not played for the Gunners since picking up the injury playing for Belgium during their Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey in September.

Manager Arsene Wenger had expected to have the 25-year-old back a week after suffering the injury, but ...

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