Lucas Torreira provided Mikel Arteta with a timely boost after returning to full training for the first time since March.
The Uruguayan fractured his ankle in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth and had been due to miss the rest of the season before the Covid-19 lockdown brought football to a halt.
It’s likely that tomorrow’s game with Norwich will come too soon for the midfielder but we should be able to ease him into action over the next couple of weeks.
Elsewhere, David Luiz and Mesut Ozil are both doubts for the visit of the Canaries. The Brazilian picked up a knock to his knee on Sunday at Bramall Lane and the German continues to nurse a sore back. Whether the World Cup winner is actually injured is anyone’s guess at this point.
Cedric Soares is now in a position to compete with Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the right-back slot. The Portuguese is yet to make his debut after thigh and facial injuries respectively but is now fully fit.
Judging by the fact the club think Bernd Leno could be back in four weeks time, we have to assume the German is making decent progress with is knee rehab. We probably won’t see him this season but at least he’ll be ready for pre-season training.
Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers are longer-term absentees.