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Arsenal receives double injury boost with key players pictured in training ahead of FC Porto clash

Mikel Arteta will welcome back two Arsenal players on Wednesday against Porto in the Champions after the duo were pictured in training

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Arsenal will face FC Porto on Wednesday in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League and there is good news on the injury front as two important players were pictured in training with the rest of the squad.

Long term absentees Thomas Partey and Fabio Vieira are back in training ahead of the crucial first leg clash in Portugal. Partey, who has been sidelined since October due to a thigh injury, and Vieira, absent since November following groin surgery, rejoined the squad for Tuesday morning’s training session.

The return of these key players is a positive development for Mikel Arteta with the fixture list beginning to look congested with the return of Champions League. Arsenal’s last successful campaign beyond this stage in the competition dates back to 2010 when they coincidentally triumphed over Porto.

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However, the Gunners may likely be without the trio of Gabriel Jesus (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), and Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf) who were absent from Tuesday’s training. The trio were earmarked for a return on Wednesday but it seems Mikel Arteta will have to face Porto with almost the same team that has been blistering in the last five matches.

The absence of Jesus could see Leandro Trossard leading the line once again, although Kai Havertz remains a viable option. Arsenal, riding high on a five-game winning streak with an impressive goal tally of 21 in their recent outings, will aim to continue their fine form against Porto.

In addition to the key returns of Partey and Vieira, the 16-year-old Ethan Nwaneri, who made a cameo appearance against West Ham earlier this month, participated in Tuesday’s training. Nwaneri missed the Burnley game over the weekend due to a minor knock picked up last week, but his involvement in training signals a potential inclusion in the upcoming fixtures.

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