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Ramsey blow for Arsenal

Premier League

London - Aaron Ramsey's return for Arsenal has been put on hold with the Welshman still not fully recovered from the thigh injury that has sidelined him since December.

With a growing injury list manager Arsene Wenger had hoped Ramsey, Arsenal's star performer earlier in the season, would be fit for Sunday's vital north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.

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DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 06: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park on November 6, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“We have had to defer his comeback to full training a little so he is not available,” Wenger said on Thursday.

“He is having difficulties in the final stages of his rehab. It looks to be short-term.”

Record signing Mesut Ozil is also ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the Champions League defeat exit against Bayern Munich in midweek.

Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are also long-term absentees, putting a huge strain on Arsenal's resources as they try and stay in the Premier League title race.

“(Ozil) is out. I don't know for how long but it is a hamstring injury. There are scans going on,” Wenger said.

By the time third-placed Arsenal face Spurs on Sunday they could find themselves 10 points behind leaders Chelsea who are in action against Aston Villa on Saturday. – Reuters

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