Lukas Podolski ready for Arsenal return

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has revealed that he is on schedule to rejoin his team-mates in full training tomorrow, as he closes in on a return to action after more than three months out with a hamstring injury.

Podolski suffered the problem in a Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce at the end of August and has not featured for club and country since.

The German international's prolonged absence has left Olivier Giroud taking almost sole responsibility for leading the line at the Emirates, but the German international is finally within sight of a comeback ahead of a busy Christmas schedule.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed earlier this week that Podolski was close to being back to full contact training, but the forward went a step further this afternoon and used Twitter to share the news that he is due to step up his bid for fitness tomorrow.

He tweeted: "Hello! Today it's my last individual unit.The plan is to join the team on the pitch tomorrow. I'm happy and cannot wait for it:)"

With Podolski back among his options Wenger will be close to having a full compliment of fit forwards at his disposal, with Nicklas Bendtner also providing a timely reminder of his potential with the opening goal in last night's 2-0 win over Hull City.

Giroud, Podolski and Bendtner may need to be rotated consistently if the Gunners are to maintain their fight for honours on multiple fronts, with Everton, Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea all opponents before Christmas.

The Gunners currently sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League table, after winning 11 of their first 14 games.

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