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Update on Jurrien Timber return with the defender now really close

Mikel Arteta has provided a very positive update on Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber who is recovering from his ACL injury

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Mikel Arteta is optimistic about the return of Jurrien Timber before the end of the current season. The £38 million summer signing has been sidelined since August after sustaining an ACL injury during the opening Premier League match, which necessitated surgery.

Arteta provided a positive update on Timber’s progress, stating that the defender is “doing really well” and will soon commence training with the squad. When asked about Timber’s potential return, Arteta expressed hope, saying, “I really hope so. He’s doing really well… Hopefully, the answer will be yes.”

In January, the manager expressed his frustration regarding the injury to Jurrien Timber, highlighting the versatile defender’s potential contributions to the team. Timber’s ability to play across the backline, with plans for him to transition from right-back to midfield, was viewed as a significant asset for Arsenal.

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“It was a huge blow,” said Arteta, when asked in January about Timber’s injury. Everyone could see from day one what he was going to bring to the team. The versatility, the quality, the leadership. And an ability that we did not have in the backline. It was a huge blow.”

In other injury updates, Arteta hinted at the possible return of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Thomas Partey for the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United. Jesus has been dealing with a knee issue, Zinchenko with a calf problem, and Partey has been sidelined since October due to a thigh injury. Assessments will be conducted following Friday’s training session, with hopes of bolstering Arsenal’s squad for the crucial game at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta commented on Partey’s progress, stating, “Obviously, he has been out for many, many months now… I think he is very close.” He also provided updates on Jesus and Zinchenko, expressing eagerness to have the sidelined players back as soon as possible to strengthen the team.

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