Good news! Takehiro Tomiyasu is training again, 111 days after he injured his knee slipping on the Emirates Stadium turf during Arsenal’s Europa League exit at the hands of Sporting Lisbon.
The Japan international had surgery on his right knee in March and the club described the issue as ‘significant’.
Having not detailed the specifics of the injury, there was speculation it might have been a ruptured ACL which would have left him facing six to nine months on the sidelines.
While it’s unclear whether the 24-year-old is fully fit, the fact he’s already taking part in pre-season sessions with his teammates bodes well.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, who picked up a calf injury in May, and Leandro Trossard, who underwent a minor procedure of some sort following the final game of the season, have also been training.
The big question is whether William Saliba, who also went off injured during the second leg of the Sporting Lisbon clash in March, will be pictured in training in the coming days.
It was initially hoped he’d make a quick recovery but like Tomiyasu he had to sit out the rest of the campaign. It proved very costly.
Update – We jumped the gun, Saliba is also back!