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Mikel Arteta confirms that one Arsenal player could make his return from injury against FC Porto

The Gunners face struggling Burnley in the Premier League this weekend but that game will come too soon for the midfielder who could return in mid-week.

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Mikel Arteta has dropped a hint regarding the potential inclusion of Fabio Vieira who just returned from injury in the squad for Arsenal UEFA Champions League fixture against Porto on Wednesday.

The last time Vieira played for the Arsenal first-team was at the Emirates stadium when the Gunners beat Vincent Kompany’s Burnley 3-1. The €35 million midfielder went down the tunnel early in that game, as he was sent off in the 83rd minute for a terrible challenge on the Clarets’ Josh Brownhill.

The midfielder was in action again three days later with the Arsenal U-21s, scoring against Reading on November 14.

Arsenal face struggling Burnley again in the Premier League this weekend but that game will come too soon for Vieira to make his return from injury. Alongside Thomas Partey, the Santa Maria da Feira native will miss his 12th straight Premier League game.

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Vieira has been suffering with a groin issue for three months now, and underwent surgery for the problem in November. However, Arteta says he will be ready for the Champions League round of 16 game in his native Portugal.

Fabio Vieira (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The Gunners visit Estádio do Dragão on Wednesday, February 21 for the Champions League round of 16 first-leg fixture.

Arteta conveyed optimism about Vieira’s progress at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Burnley game, stating, “He’s very close. He’s been training already for a few days with the team, so I think it’s very close. He’ll be back probably faster than we expected and he’s in a good place. There is a chance (he could play) – yes.”

Fabio Vieira has made just two Premier League starts this season but has made significant contributions with 14 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals and providing four assists.

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