Revealed: Former Arsenal midfielder makes shock return to the club, starts training

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky returns to London Colney in a bid to regain fitness after his thigh injury at Euro 2016

Tomas Rosicky

Czech Republic National team midfielder Tomas Rosicky is apparently recovering from the injury he picked up in the Euros in London with Arsenal physios just weeks after his contract ended in May after 10 years at the club, according to reports in Daily Mail

The midfielder pulled his hamstring playing against Croatia, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament, and is now said to be recovering in London.

The experienced midfielder is thought to be heading to Sparta Prague, his childhood club, this summer but his injury has thrown a spanner in the works and apparently they’re waiting on word from him to decide whether it’s worth them continuing their pursuit. Hence he has returned to the training ground in London Colney in a bid to rediscover his fitness.

The 35-year-old made close to 250 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side during his time in North London, scoring 28 times and assisting 22 times and also helping the club to two FA Cup wins. Despite becoming a peripheral figure at the club during his final years, Rosicky remains popular at their training Head Quarters, underlined by Arsenal’s gesture of helping him back on the road to fitness.

But Rosicky’s final season at the Emirates was blighted by injuries, he could only manage one substitute appearance in the FA Cup against Burnley and picked up an injury within three minutes of coming on the pitch.

The Czech playmaker joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006 and was the most expensive player in Bundesliga history when BVB bought him for £18m in 2001.

Given the nickname ‘The Little Mozart’, because of his ability to pull the strings in midfield, Rosicky was given a warm reception during Arsenal’s last game of the season against Aston Villa, even though he rarely featured in the twilight years of his stint at the Emirates.

Rosicky has been linked with a return to Sparta Prague, the club where he started his professional career in 1998. But Rosicky had collapsed to the ground in the latter stages of the Croatia game in group D on 17th June, Friday, clutching the back of his leg, but was able to hobble through until the full-time whistle.

He was eventually ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016. Thus his latest thigh injury has put the move on hold. Basically, they’re probably waiting to see if he’ll be out for a longer period because, if he is, they’ll need to look elsewhere.

During the end of June, Scans had confirmed the extent of the problem, which Czech Republic doctor Petr Krejci expected to sideline Rosicky for between three and six weeks. But it may be more than that.

Hence Rosicky has returned to London in a bid to become fit on time and start playing again for the club where he started his football career. For 10 years Rosicky had served the club loyally and had become a fan favorite at Arsenal. So let us hope that he recovers from his latest setback and keeps playing at the highest level for few more seasons.

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  1. Arsene likes pampering players
    Rosicky was often injured
    Even though a good player
    We didn’t benefit from investing in him as he was often injured