Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Aaron Ramsey is still a few weeks away from being considered ready to rejoin his team-mates in full training, pleading for patience from fans who are desperate to see the playmaker return before the end of the season.
Ramsey enjoyed a fantastic first half of the season at the Emirates, proving critics and some of his own supporters wrong by scoring 13 goals and providing seven assists in 27 matches.
That marvellous run of form was interrupted by a thigh injury suffered on Boxing Day against West Ham United though, a problem the midfield maestro is still struggling with.
Successive attempts at a comeback have failed as Ramsey continues to suffer bleeds in tendons during more strenuous exercise, with Wenger admitting that the Welsh wizard is still a few weeks away from a return to first-team contention.
Wenger told the club's official website earlier today: "Ramsey is progressing well but we need to be patient for a few more weeks."
Arsenal are currently without a whole host of first-team regulars during a particularly difficult point in their campaign, including Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners will definitely be without seven star players for this Saturday's crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Emirates, with defenders Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal added to a list of casualties which must have Wenger cursing his luck.
In Ramsey's case the target of next month's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic now looks an unrealistic proposition, leaving Wenger with limited options to keep their fading Premier League challenge intact.