Henry out for Gunners

Last updated at 14:42 28 October 2005


Arsenal will be without striker Thierry Henry for the Barclays Premiership clash with north London rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The Gunners' all-time leading scorer has suffered a setback following his return from a groin problem.

The striker, 28, only returned from six weeks out with a groin problem in last week's 2-0 Champions League victory at Sparta Prague, where he scored twice to break Arsenal's goalscoring record.

Henry, who now has 186 goals for the club, also played the full 90 minutes of last Saturday's Premiership defeat of Manchester City.

"He will not play," Wenger said. "I rushed him back under special circumstances - that happened at Prague where it was planned he would play half an hour if possible and then the game against Manchester City.

"But he played 75 minutes in Prague and the whole game against Manchester City because it was a tight game and it was a bit too much for him."

Wenger, though, believes Henry could return from the "minor setback" - which involves a muscle higher up on his thigh, linked to his groin problem - in time to face Sparta Prague in the Champions League at Highbury on Wednesday night.

Jose Reyes has, though, recovered from his bruised ribs and Freddie Ljungberg is available again after a hamstring injury.

Sol Campbell also returned for the Carling Cup win at Sunderland, leading Wenger to claim: "When we have experience with us, we have a very strong team who can compete with Chelsea."

Meanwhile, managing director Keith Edelman has rubbished talk of Henry leaving next summer. He said: "Thierry will be at the new stadium next season."

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