The Arsenal medical team have provided the latest fitness update ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield.
The Gunners travel north to the side propping up the table with just 11 points so far this season, knowing they need a win to bounce back from the defeat by Man City and to continue the fight for a top four finish.
There’s welcome news with the return of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who hasn’t played since 2-0 loss to Sp*rs in the Carabao Cup in mid-December. He had a run-out in Monday night’s abandoned U23 game, and should return to the squad.
There were concerns over the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi but the German is fit and in full training, however Granit Xhaka remains a doubt with the groin strain that kept him out of the game at the Etihad on Sunday, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who has a knee injury.
Beyond that, Sokratis is still on course for a late February comeback, and then it’s the long-termers: Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding who will miss the rest of the season, while there’s still time for Danny Welbeck to return following surgery on a broken ankle before he departs for free this summer.