Ar­se­nal handed huge in­jury boost

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PER MERTESACKER may have given Ar­se­nal fans an early Christ­mas present.

The Ger­man de­fender hasn’t played a sin­gle minute of the cur­rent Pre­mier League cam­paign for Ar­se­nal af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury in a pre-sea­son friendly against Lens in July.

At the time, it was thought he would be spend­ing a num­ber of months on the side­line.

De­spite hav­ing to watch on from the stands, Mertesacker’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion regime has been go­ing well.

The 32-year-old posted a pic­ture on Twit­ter on Fri­day of him­self do­ing yoga ex­er­cises.

And it seems like a re­turn to full train­ing may not be too far away.

Mertesacker posted a pic­ture on the of him pack­ing his suit­case and tweeted: “Re­hab couldn’t of gone bet­ter but now all packed and ready to come back home to the team! How­ever, it is highly un­likely he will be fit in time to even make the bench for the game against Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day (12:30pm).

The Gun­ners had an­other boost when Olivier Giroud claimed he is 100% fit. The 30-yearold has had a hit-and-miss start to the sea­son with the team this year.

Giroud has net­ted three times for Ar­se­nal this cam­paign de­spite start­ing just one game un­der Arsene Wenger.

Mean­while, Wenger will be with­out Hec­tor Bel­lerin for up to a month as the right­back is out with an an­kle lig­a­ment in­jury. – Ex­press News­pa­pers

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