Mikel Arteta says that Lucas Torreira is close to making a return to first team action, but needs one more scan on his ankle to make sure everything is in order.
The Uruguayan international was injured in March during an FA Cup win over Portsmouth, suffering a broken ankle that should have seen him miss the rest of the season.
The three month spell without football due to the Covid-19 crisis means he could well feature before the campaign is out, but the club want to make sure everything is ok for him to play a competitive game.
“I think he’s close,” said Arteta.
“He needs to get another scan to make sure that the bone is completely healed before we expose him to the next level.
“But he’s been training really well, he’s been doing some parts with us and Lucas is so willing, has put in all the effort and more in every training session.
“Hopefully we can use him very soon.”
Another player on his way back from injury is Cedric Soares, who signed a four year deal with the club after his loan move from Southampton was extended beyond the June 30th deadline.
The Arsenal boss spent some time talking up his attacking prowess, saying, “He’s a different quality in the full-back area than what we have.
“He’s a gifted, technical player and is probably the best we have in the final third to make the right decision and attack the box as well.
“He can play in a four or a five, he’s a really good player with experience in the Premier League that can help us.”
He is in contention for a place in the squad for tomorrow night having been sidelined in recent weeks with a facial injury.