Mikel Arteta gave an update on the fitness of new boys Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares as the duo work hard to be considered for first team selection.
This morning’s medical bulletin suggested that Pablo could be fit for Thursday’s trip to Athens to face Olympiacos while Cedric is still in rehab having been signed with a knee injury.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game with Newcastle, Arteta said: “Pablo hasn’t competed since the end of December, I think. He had a little issue. He’s been training with us in and out a little bit but he’s been looking good. I think this game will come a little early for him but I expect him to start joining the squad in the next week or so.”
On Cedric, he added: “He’s very disappointed, obviously when you join a new club you want to make an impression straight away. He had an issue in his knee, it’s not completely healed yet, he hasn’t been training with us. I expect him to be back in the coming weeks but I can’t give you a date.”
The boss was also quizzed on Kieran Tierney, who has been sidelined since December with a dislocated shoulder.
“He’s doing very good progress but we need to wait for the bone and its attachment with the tendon to heal before he can make any contact. He’s been training and his work ethic is incredible. I’ve been really impressed with him. Hopefully, we can get him back soon but we need to be patient with him as well.”