Achilles still vexing Vermaelen

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen admits he still does not know when he will be back from his niggling Achilles injury.

The 25-year-old Belgium international centre-back has been a huge miss for the Gunners this term, having not played since August.

He has been dogged by an Achilles problem which was only supposed to keep him out for six weeks.

In January he had surgery on the issue, but he was targeting to be playing by March.

However, he is still no nearer to knowing when he will be available amid reports he could miss the remainder of the season.

"I don’t know when I will be able to play again," the 25-year-old told The Sun.

"It will not be in March. I’m not even yet back in training. This is a tough time for me."