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Arsenal recieve HUGE injury boost as defender set to return to full first-team training

Arsenal recieve HUGE injury boost as defender set to return to full first-team training.

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Arsenal are set for a huge boost as summer signing Jurrien Timber looks set for a return from injury as early as next month, and the defender could be in full first-team training within the next two weeks.

When he joined the club in a £34m deal from Ajax last summer, many fans were excited to have signed such a talented young play, in a position that many thought needed depth.

His start to life at the club was unfortunately a disaster, with the 22-year-old Dutchman suffering an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in the club’s opening Premier League game against Nottingham Forest.

While this was the worst possible start to his Arsenal career, with fears that the defender could miss the entire season, he now looks set for a return to action a mere six months later, which is incredibly fortunate given the general prognosis with ACL injuries.

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber

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Timber was with the squad in the club’s recent training camp in Dubai, as he stepped up his return from the injury, and looked to be at a very advanced stage of his recovery already.

With recent injury concerns regarding Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu, though it is admittedly hoped that neither issue is serious, especially the latter, Timber’s return could not come at a better time for the club.

It is expected that Timber will be put through a gradual and heavily-managed return, as the club will be desperate to avoid any recurrence of the injury, or possible setbacks that could arise from rushing him, but his return will be hugely welcomed no less.

In pre-season, before his injury, Timber looked like a force to be reckoned with and wowed fans with his attacking impotence, as well as his defensive prowess, which quickly saw him become a real contender to start games for the club.

Given that some fans have criticised Zinchenko’s defensive capabilities this season, it is not inconceivable that Timber may quickly assume a starting role for the Gunners after his return from injury.

After being included in Arsenal’s updated UEFA Champions League squad, it looks likely that Timber will play a key role for Mikel Arteta’s side in the closing stages of the season.

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