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Arsenal handed huge injury boost ahead of Man Utd trip
Arsenal have been handed a huge injury boost ahead of our trip to Manchester United with Gabriel revealing that he’s almost 100% recovered from a hamstring injury.
Gabriel suffered the problem during our win over Bournemouth earlier this month and was subsequently ruled out of games against Leicester, Hull and most recently Barcelona.
There were initial reports suggesting the centre-back was set for an extended spell on the sidelines after he flew back to Brazil to undergo treatment with his former club Victoria.
However, Arsene Wenger confirmed at his press conference last Friday that Gabriel’s injury wasn’t serious and the boss hoped to have him back in time for the trip to Old Trafford this weekend.
It looks like that could be a possibility as the player has told reporters that he’s now doing strengthening work with the Arsenal physios and is almost 100% fit.
The injury came at a bad time for Gabriel as he was just starting to establish himself as a first team regular and although he’s admitted it was frustrating to pick up this injury, he’s now looking forward to getting back on the pitch.
Gabriel is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
“I’m almost 100 per cent recovered, I’ve already started to do the strengthening work.
“I went to Brazil briefly to try and recover, and also to be close to my family as well. Now I’m back and working with the help of Arsenal’s medical team to come back.
“I’m very happy with the training sessions at the end of last week and hope to continue with this work to be able to be at the manager’s disposal soon.
“I had been playing well for four or five consecutive games, being praised by everyone, so this injury took me by surprise. It made me sad, that’s why I returned to Brazil.
“But now I want to recover as quickly as possible to be able to play with the team as soon as I can.”
It would be a big boost to have Gabriel available for the Man Utd game but we shouldn’t rush him back too soon, so we’ll have to see how his recovery goes over the coming days.
We should hear more from Arsene Wenger either later today or at his press conference on Friday morning.