Arsenal are set to welcome Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby back to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night with all three pencilled in for their Under-21 game against Stoke City, reports ESPN.
Wilshere has not appeared for the first-team since November 22 when the Gunners lost 2-1 to Manchester United. The England international damaged ankle ligaments after a clumsy tackle from Paddy McNair and required surgery.
After being named on the bench for a Premier League game against Crystal Palace in February it seemed his recovery was complete. But further irritation in his ankle saw him undergo more surgery on his ankle, albeit routine.
Similarly, Arteta has not played for Arsenal since November. He walked off of the pitch during a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund and also had to undergo surgery. Arsene Wenger confirmed that the Spaniard had suffered a serious calf injury.
Diaby has not played for Arsenal since September when he was a surprise starter in the Capital One Cup tie against Southampton. He was also named on the bench for a Premier League game, but his well-documented injury problems have failed to subside once again this season.
All three of the Arsenal players featured in an under-21 game last week and came through without any complications to their rehabilitation programmes.
Arteta and Diaby are both out of contract in the summer with the latter expected to be released after playing just 16 minutes of Premier League football in the last two campaigns.
Wenger has, however, hinted that he could offer Diaby a new contract if he manages to regain full fitness.
He said last week: "I had a chat with him and told him how I can envisage the future.
"He has to make a decision. Of course he understands completely that he has to perform and to show that he can be present in a consistent way."
Wilshere is still tied down to a long-term contract, but faces an uncertain future with regards to his role in the first-team.
Arsenal have won every Premier League game at the Emirates since Wilshere's last appearance and that form has seen them elevated to second place in the table.
The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have been excellent in the midfield for Arsenal and Wenger is unlikely to alter the team to accommodate Wilshere.
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