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Gibbs returns to Arsenal after injury on England duty

Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs picked up a groin strain on international duty with the England under-21s, and has returned to the Emirates. The good news for the Gunners is that Gibbs' withdrawal seems to be little more than a precautionary measure, suggesting he could even be in contention for a place in this weekend's home game against Blackburn Rovers.

Gibbs returned to London Colney on Monday and it was feared he could add to the north Londoners' lengthy injury list - which already includes Theo Walcott, Alex Song, Johan Djourou, Thomas Vermaelen, and goalkeepers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.

But an Arsenal spokesperson told 'Kieran has returned from the England U21s with a groin strain.

"He is still being assessed by the Arsenal medical staff but it looks to be a short-term problem."

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