Arsenal have confirmed when Gabriel Martinelli will return from injury.
Building up to Arsenal defending their FA Cup crown against Newcastle, with three wins lifting the mood, it was excitement rather than dread in the build-up.
Looking forward to matches as opposed to fearing them, part of the reason for that has been the return from long-term injury for Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian hadn’t kicked a ball for the senior side since last March, finally making his long-awaited return against Everton, and then from the start against Manchester City.
Forced the hobble off on that occasion following another setback, his second return was a welcome one. Featuring after that against Chelsea and Brighton, his inclusion from the start against the Magpies was chance to see him in action once more.
Lady luck had other ideas, and the 19-year-old twisted his ankle, prompting a collective breath from supporters and tears of pain and disappointment from the forward. Replaced by Reiss Nelson in the starting lineup, the worst was feared.
However, the official Arsenal website have provided the news fans were hoping for: it’s not serious.
“Right ankle. Gabi turned his right ankle during the warm-up against Newcastle United on Saturday and was subsequently taken out of the starting line-up.
“Gabi has progressed very well and we’re hoping that he will return to full training with the squad in the next few days.”
The ‘next few days’ is distinctly better than the weeks and months that were initially expected. Mikel Arteta provided a worrying assessment, one that can now be put to rest with the strong likelihood being that Martinelli will be available for the upcoming Premier League tie with Newcastle.
Crystal Palace will prove too soon for him on Thursday, although two other players are in line to make their own comebacks.
“Gabriel is now back in full training and is available for selection for Thursday’s match.
“Thomas is now back in full training with the squad after recovering from an injury to the left thigh. Thomas continues to regain full fitness and will be assessed ahead of Thursday’s match.”
Looking to continue the year as it’s began, the confirmation of no long-term absences is warmly received.