Arsenal’s medical team report that Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Dinos Mavropanos are all ‘progressing well’ and will return to first team training in September.
The trio have all been working hard throughout pre-season and will likely play minutes with the club’s under-23s before making a return to Premier League action.
Bellerin has been out since January after undergoing surgery on his left knee. Having allowed Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson to leave the club this summer, we’ve been relying on Ainsley Maitland-Niles to get us through the opening weeks of the season. While the England under-21 international is a perfectly capable right-back, it’ll be great to have the Spaniard back in action.
Tierney joined the club in August with a known groin issue and is yet to make his Arsenal debut. You can tell the club must be confident of his return because it sounds as though we’re on the verge of letting Nacho Monreal join Real Sociedad.
Mavropanos has had ongoing groin problems since he signed at the tail-end of the Wenger era. It remains to be seen whether Emery considers him a bonafide first team option this season.
In more good news, Rob Holding has been playing for the under-23s and looks set to compete for a first XI berth after the upcoming international break. He’s played behind-closed-doors games and a couple of Premier League 2 fixtures.
Emile Smith Rowe also completed 80 minutes for the under-23s against Everton on Friday and 90 minutes for the under-21s against Northampton Town on Tuesday night.
As far as we know, there are no new injuries ahead of Sunday’s North London derby.