Sunday, December 5, 2021

Arsenal medical team provide pre-Newcastle fitness update

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could return to full training in three weeks time after Arsenal revised down the time he’s expected to be sidelined by a fractured left fibula.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury while playing left-back in the Gunners opening game of the season against Manchester City. He had been expected to be out until November.

In their weekly fitness bulletin on the club’s official website, the medical team said of Maitland-Niles:

“Small fracture to left fibula. Progressing well and now expected to return to full training in early October (initially aiming to return to training in November).”

It looks as though Sead Kolasinac, nursing a knee problem since the pre-season game with Chelsea is also making good progress. He’s expected to be back at the beginning of next month as well.

Laurent Koscielny, despite returning to light training with a ball this week, is still pencilled in for a November return, as is Carl Jenkinson who is recovering from a significant sprain to his ankle.

Alex Iwobi is in contention for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle having recovered from the sickness that saw him the pre-Interlull win over Cardiff.

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Nothing much changed by the sound of it. Good nothing coming out of the international break.

Hoping that the players that we have can bring back the three points an get us further up the league.


Indeed its nice to come through an interlull with nothing broken other than my patience.

Man Manny

Clean bill of health from the internationals then; good news.
My Team for Newcastle:
Cech – Gaffer wants him.
Bellerin – Getting better
Monreal – No brainer
Mustafi – No option
Sokratis – Experienced head
Torreira – Has to start now!
Xhaka – That pairing with Torreira might help
Ozil – I don’t know why really; just seems right.
Ramsey – Work rate over Mkhitaryan
Auba – Has broken his duck; the goals shiuld
come now.
Lacazette – First name on the teamsheet

Bench: Leno, Litchsteiner, Holding, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck.


Agree with all of it, except that the Mkhi – Bellerin has been one of the bright spot since the beginning of the season so I would come back to this.
The question is who do you drop then… Ramsey surely 🙁


Away at Newcastle. If you want to go with Miki – I’d drop Ozil. But tbh, I’d leave them both out and play Iwobi and Ramsey as the two more advanced mids.


It’s interesting that we no longer hear about the ‘little doubts’ that Wenger used to talk about in his press conferences.
I guess that’s just down to the official release rather than doing it at a press conference


I really can’t see where a Wenger press conference would be any different. He’s gone now so why all these silly rants


There was no ranting, I merely said the injury news was announced differently than before. In the past a lot of information was given on the ‘redliners’ but we don’t get that now

Corona X

Instead we get a lot of tactical insight!
You get some, you lose some ?

Ya gooner

Our medical team is ahead of schedule? Yes good work team 🙂

Faisal Narrage

Liking the openness and accountability of the new medical and high performance team.


Personally I like that the fitness reports coming from the medical team now seem to be on the cautious side and revised forward if it’s going well.

Someone in the organization is finally aware of the morale repercussions of trying the supporters’ patience or risking the players’ fitness with overly aggressive return dates.

Adam sudaisi

Cech out Leno on, torriera should start the match

Thierry bergkamp

That sounds like a bad sprain.

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