Arsenal have confirmed that Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training following the facial injury sustained in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
The Frenchman revealed earlier this week that he underwent a minor surgical procedure to remove blood clots from his jaw after hefty contact from Romelu Lukaku’s foot.
Thankfully, nothing was broken and the swelling he sustained has gone down significantly. Our captain’s return – he missed Tuesday’s win over Cardiff – is particularly welcome given we face Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.
There’s an outside chance that Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could also be fit. The former took a bang to his right knee in training on Monday, while the latter broke a metatarsal against Sp*rs in December. Both are on the mend.
Elsewhere, the medical team have confirmed that Hector Bellerin’s trip to 1982 for surgery has been successful.
In good hands 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/SLjWuPHbDR
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) January 30, 2019
The Spaniard went under the knife to repair the ruptured ACL suffered a couple of weeks ago. He now faces six to nine months of rehab meaning he’ll be back for the tail end of Terry Neil’s time in charge of the club.