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Arsenal receives significant injury boost as two important players return to training

Two important Arsenal stars have returned to training with the first team in Dubai

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Arsenal fans can rejoice as the team receives a major injury boost with both Jurrien Timber and Fabio Vieira actively participating in training during the Gunners’ winter training camp in Dubai.

Timber, who made a high-profile move from Ajax to Arsenal over the summer, faced a setback in August when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest. 

Initial fears were that the young defender might miss the entire season, but recent footage shared by Arsenal shows Timber engaging in ball work, indicating a positive recovery.

In a similar vein, midfielder Fabio Vieira, who underwent groin surgery in November, has returned to full team training. Having missed the last ten games across all competitions, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed optimism earlier this month, stating his hope for Vieira to be available for selection by the end of the month.

Jurrien Timber and Fabio Vieira have both returned to training with the Arsenal squad in Dubai (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Arteta provided an update on Vieira’s progress, saying, “He’s doing well again, but it was a surgery that required two different things to get results. The first signs are good, obviously he is still a bit far from where we want him, but he needs to keep working, and hopefully in the next few weeks, we can have him [available].”

Despite the positive news surrounding Vieira’s return, it’s worth noting that earlier this season, Arsenal legend Paul Merson expressed skepticism about the midfielder’s capabilities. Following Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with North London rivals Tottenham in September, Merson voiced concerns about the team’s strength, questioning Vieira’s suitability for the squad.

Merson remarked on Sky Sports, “Jesus on the wing, Nketiah up front, Fabio Vieira – I don’t think he’s good enough.” However, Arsenal managed to defy expectations by defeating Manchester City 1-0 in October, and they currently find themselves level on points with City, albeit having played an extra game.

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