Vermaelen closing on a return to action

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AS Roma defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed that he has been hard at work in a bid to return to first-team action from a groin injury sustained in September.

The former Arsenal man has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, with his latest setback limiting him to just two appearances for the Serie A outfit.

His latest injury problem has seen him miss a total of seven encounters in all competitions for Roma since arriving on a season-long loan from the La Liga giants.

The Belgium international took to his personal Twitter account to publicise details of his progress, and expressed his excitement at making a return to first-team action.

"Although I haven't been as much on the pitch as I hoped for, I'm very happy to be part of the club," he wrote.

"Working hard on my recovery now and trying to get back as soon as I can."