Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will return to action in England on Wednesday after seven months on the sidelines because of injury.
The Arsenal player is so eager to start playing again as he has recovered from his second serious knee injury.
He will be involved in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie at home to Coventry City even though his manager admits he is not quite ready.
The midfielder damaged cruciate ligaments in February while on loan at Wolves and will be on the bench for tonight’s third-round tie.
“Ideally we should have waited a bit longer to include him again,” said Arsène Wenger, “but once you’re back, you want so much a chance to be involved.
“So I want to give him a chance to be involved at least.
“He will be on the bench and, if possible, we will put him on. It’s a big moment because he has suffered for a long time and has worked extremely hard.
The injuries which Frimpong has suffered affected both knees, the latest injury keeping him out of action for seven months and affecting his right knee.
The previous injury, a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee, kept him out of action for nine months.
As is customary for Arsenal, a shadow team of fringe players and promising youngsters will compete in this competition, starting with tonight’s match against a side which are second-bottom of League One.