Squillaci ready for Arsenal debut after Vermaelen injury

Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:15pm GMT

LONDON (Reuters) - Frenchman Sebastien Squillaci is set to make his Arsenal debut against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday after Thomas Vermaelen returned from international duty with an Achilles tendon injury.

Vermaelen was injured captaining Belgium in a defeat to Turkey. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club's website (www.arsenal.com) the problem was short term.

Centre back Squillaci, 30, joined Arsenal on a three-year deal from Spanish club Sevilla last month and played for the north London club's reserves this week.

"He will play tomorrow," Wenger said. "I know Sebastien very well and the target was to give him 90 minutes for the reserves just to get his positional play back.

"He is experienced and it is good he can compensate the absence of Vermaelen tomorrow."

Wenger said Vermaelen had a chance to return for the Champions League home game against Braga on Wednesday.

Injuries are already stacking up for Arsenal with Theo Walcott out for six weeks with an ankle injury sustained while playing for England in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Dutch striker Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner are also sidelined but Samir Nasri, who has undergone knee surgery, is in the squad to face Bolton.

<p>Sevilla's Sebastien Squillaci celebrates their victory against Atletico Madrid at the end of their King's Cup final soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea</p>
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