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“My knee feels good” – Arsenal star offers injury update
Per Mertesacker has offered an update on his recovery from a serious knee injury but admitted that there is still no date set for his return to action.
Mertesacker is yet to feature this season after suffering knee ligament damage during our pre-season win over Lens and underwent surgery in Germany back in July.
The 32-year-old was left out of our squad for the group stages of the Champions League after initially being ruled out for at least five months and isn’t expected to return until 2017.
Per has now been speaking to the press and offered an update on his recovery with the centre-back confirming that his knee is feeling good after responding well to the treatment, however, he is still not able to set a possible comeback date.
Mertesacker is quoted as saying by Evening Standard:
“My body has responded quite well to everything. My muscles are coming back and it is a painless process because my knee feels good. I’m quite happy with the progress but there’s still a lot to do. In terms of when I’ll be back, there is no schedule because I’m going from week to week.
“When you are injured, you have to be very positive from the start and think that you are already working your way back to the pitch. That was my mindset from when I knew I needed surgery. Because I’ve got good experiences with injury, I trust myself.
“I knew I had to pick myself up quickly to get into that mindset. I wanted to be positive and involve the best people I could to get fit as quickly as possible.”
It’s great to hear that Mertesacker’s injury is healing well but I still don’t think we’ll see him back playing again until well in to January, and that’s even if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks when he returns to training.
The German giant was made club captain following Mikel Arteta’s retirement in the summer but I think he’s going to struggle to regain his first team place when he is finally fully-fit as Shkodran Mustafi has settled in superbly following his summer move.
The former Valencia centre-back has formed an excellent partnership alongside Laurent Koscielny and I’d be shocked if they aren’t Wenger’s first choice pairing when everybody is fit.