Come for the puerile headline…stay for the injury update.
Bernd Leno has returned to training at London Colney following the knee injury picked up against Brighton.
In its latest medical bulletin, the club reports that the Teutonic glove butler is ‘participating in outside running, with the aim of starting ball drills in the next few days’.
Whether he plays again this season will likely be dictated by Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City. If we win, he might have a chance of competing with Emi Martinez for a place in the cup final. Given the Argentine’s form, that would be a difficult decision to make.
Arsenal also revealed that Calum Chambers has stepped up his recovery from ACL surgery. The defender is back running and doing light ball work. While that is certainly positive, it sounds like he’s still got a long road ahead.
The club state he has “the aim of being back to full training as soon as possible this calendar year.” Depending on your interpretation, that could be another five months.
Yesterday we learnt that Gabriel Martinelli would be out for the rest of the year and that Pablo Mari is aiming for a return in September.