Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's medical staff have got to the bottom of Aaron Ramsey's injury troubles and the midfielder will now be able to get back to his best.
The Welsh midfielder has been out for almost a month with his third hamstring injury this season. In total, he has missed 12 weeks of the season, and that has stopped him rekindling the sensational form of last season.
Ramsey missed three months with a recurring thigh injury last term as well and Wenger demanded a through investigation into Arsenal's rehabilitation processes as a result. He hired Germany's fitness guru Shad Forsythe in the summer but Arsenal have yet to see a noticeable improvement of their injury record.
Getting to the bottom of it
Now, however, Wenger believes they are getting to the bottom of Ramsey's underlying problems and expects the 24-year-old to play without restriction when he returns to the squad against Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.
"We've missed his energy level, his transitional play from offence to defence and from defence to attack, and his box-to-box quality"
When asked if Arsenal had finally found the cause of Ramsey's recurrent injury, Wenger told reporters: "We think yes.
"We've missed his energy level, his transitional play from offence to defence and from defence to attack, and his box-to-box quality.
"When you have a repetition of muscular injuries, it can put the handbrake on your body a little bit. To get rid of that is a psychological problem.
"I don't think he suffers from that looking at him in training. Certainly, you lose a bit of confidence in your body."
If Ramsey can get back to his best, he could inspire Arsenal to a comfortable end to the season. The Gunners have been backed to catch Manchester City in second place in what would be their best finish since the 2005 season.
Ramsey's fine form last season saw him score 14 goals before December. It earned him plaudits across Europe as well as a £100,000-a-week contract with Arsenal. If he can come back into the squad and play as he did last season, Arsenal can expect to rocket away from their top four challengers. Starting with QPR, a good end to the season can help re-establish Ramsey as one of Arsenal's best players.
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