Laurent Koscielny has confirmed that he has taken part in his first full training session with the first team since rupturing his Achilles in May.
The Arsenal medical team, keen to set realistic expectations of his recovery period, had been telling everyone that the Frenchman would not return until November, so he’s a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.
Taking to Instagram, our club captain posted a picture of himself in action, alongside the tagline: “First full training with my teammates 😍”
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It’ll likely to take the 33-year-old a couple of weeks to get up to speed, but it’s a boost for Unai Emery who currently only has two fit centre-backs – Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding – to pick from. It remains to be seen whether Sokratis, who picked up an ankle problem on international duty, will be available for this evening’s clash with Leicester City.
Arsenal have four matches in the space of nine days this month and then a further three games in the first half of November before another Interlull kicks in. Perhaps we’ll see Laurent in action against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup on 31 October.
Welcome back Lolo.