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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 Metro.co.uk: '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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