Arsenal have revealed that Bernd Leno will return to full training in the next few weeks and could be available for selection before the end of the season.
Arsenal’s final league game of the season is on Sunday 26 July. If we beat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final, we’d also have a trip to Wembley on the following weekend.
There were fears Leno could be facing a long spell on the sidelines when he injured his knee. Should he recover as planned, it will have been less than six weeks.
Elsewhere, it looks as though the appeal we lodged against Eddie Nketiah’s red card has failed. The England under-21 international was given his marching orders during the 1-1 draw with Leicester following a VAR review.
Having originally been given a yellow card by Chris Kavanagh we had the right to get a
second third opinion. The FA are standing by the decision which means Eddie will miss the games with Sp*rs, Liverpool and City.
We know Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari will miss the rest of the season with knee and ankle problems respectively. No date has been set for the Brazilian’s return – a bit of a worry – but today we learnt that the Spanish defender is aiming for full fitness by September. That’s more positive than expected.
The way things are going, he could be back before Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil. The Frenchman continues to train away from the first team for disciplinary problems.
We’re not really sure what Mesut is up to. His back problems continue.