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.