Arsenal have provided detailed updates on the fitness of Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari, and while there’s nothing unexpected regarding the latter, the time frame for the young Brazilian is a bit longer than we might have hoped.
He is now not expected to return to full training until the end of 2020, a blow for Mikel Arteta and the team.
The update states that the 19 year old will ‘continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020.’
He is currently ‘receiving specialist attention and support from our medical team’ at the training ground, but realistically it doesn’t sound like he’ll play for us again until next year.
Martinelli was injured in training, right at the end of a session too, so it’s a cruel blow for a young player who – in a difficult campaign for the Gunners – was one of the bright spots.
As for Mari, he is back in Spain after his surgery on damaged ankle ligaments, and will return to England later this month as he targets a September return to training.