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Arsenal reveal triple injury boost as key players close-in on comebacks

By on September 12, 2019

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The international break is finally over and Arsenal get back to Premier League action when we take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, the club have issued a team news and injury update on Arsenal.com and confirmed that Rob Holding is now back in full first team training after recovering from a knee ligament injury that he sustained back in December 2018.

The centre-back has built-up his match fitness by turning out for the Arsenal U23’s in recent weeks and the Evening Standard suggests he could be back in the first team squad this weekend which would be a huge boost.

Hector Bellerin has also stepped-up his recovery from a knee ligament injury and the club says he’s progressing well with a view to resuming full training at some stage this month. Bellerin is further behind Holding and will still need minutes with the U23s before he’ll be in contention but it’s great that he’s edging closer to his comeback.

Kieran Tierney is yet to feature for Arsenal since joining the club from Celtic due to a groin problem but the Scottish international is on the verge of returning to full training so we should hopefully see him making his debut soon.

Dinos Mavropanos is also recovering from a groin problem that’s troubled him for several months and the Greek youngster is expected back in full training this month as he bids to get his Arsenal career back on track.

An update on Arsenal.com said:

Rob Holding
Now back in full training with the first team squad.

Hector Bellerin
Left knee. Continuing with on-field rehabilitation. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.

Kieran Tierney
Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessments. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.

Dinos Mavropanos
Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessments. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.

The club also confirmed some positive news on three of our midfielders. There were concerns over Joe Willock after he pulled out of the England U21 squad with a calf injury while Granit Xhaka was forced off while playing for Switzerland on Sunday due to an Achilles injury.

Lucas Torreira was substituted at half-time during Uruguay’s win over Costa Rica over the weekend and was forced to miss the subsequent game against the USA due to an unspecified injury so it looked like Emery had some problems in midfield to deal with.

However, it appears we’ve been handed a triple injury boost as the club said in the update on Arsenal.com that “no international players have reported injuries during this period” so it looks like Willock, Xhaka and Torreira should all be in contention to face Watford.

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