Arsenal playmaker set for return from injury

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Santi Cazorla is back in training and could make his long-awaited return to action against Norwich this weekend.

The Spanish playmaker hasn't featured for Arsenal since their 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham at the start of September after picking up an ankle injury.

Having missed out on the Spain squad for their final World Cup qualifiers, Cazorla has returned to training ahead of a potential return to action on Saturday.

The return of Arsenal's current player of the season will come as a boost to boss Arsene Wenger, as will the news that fellow absentee Bacary Sagna could also be fit sooner than anticipated.

Theo Walcott,  another who has been out since September after undergoing abdominal surgery, could be in contention to face Norwich, but according to Goal, must return to training by Thursday at the latest to be in with a chance of making the squad.

The website report that a return in time for Arsenal's Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund in mid-week may be more likely - a game which could also mark Sagna's return following a hamstring strain.

The return of the three players comes at a good time for Wenger who looked a little short of players going into the international break.

With Mikel Arteta back to full fitness, the Frenchman has an almost complete squad to choose from ahead of a key run of fixtures in the lead up to Christmas.

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