Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber has currently faced two months on the sidelines with an anterior cruciate ligament injury after being taken out of the match against Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the Premier League season.
However there was some good news amongst the bad as the scans showed that Jurrien Timber suffered no significant damage to his meniscus. The only damage was to his ACL which usually means a recovery time of six to eight months. If there was damage to his meniscus as well that would mean he’d be sidelined for close to 12 months.
However according to recent reports, the defender is progressing extremely well and is ahead schedule. Timber is aiming to be back on the training pitch in January, which is just five months after he suffered the long-term injury.
Chris Wheatley on Jurrien Timber’s injury: “He will be hoping to come back sooner rather than later. January is a possibility, he is pushing to get back fighting fit.
“He won’t be rushed by Arsenal’s medical staff, they will bring him back in good time, but January is a possibility for his return to light training. We will be watching out and hoping he’s back soon.”
If Mikel Arteta can have him available for the second-half of the season, it would be a huge boost, especially if the club find themselves in a similar position as last season where they’re fighting Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Timber made a dream transfer from Ajax to Arsenal this summer, which paid a maximum of £40million for him. The defender got off to a great start to the season in London, winning the Community Shield against Manchester City on penalties with Arsenal. Timber, who received a lot of praise for his performance, immediately won his first prize.
The Gunners do have options to cover for Timber until January, whose acquisition was designed to strengthen Arteta’s depth across the defensive line. So far this season we’ve seen Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior operate in the inverted left-back role.
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