Arsenal injury update ahead of Champions League trip to Porto

  • Arsenal travel to Porto for Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday
  • Thomas Partey & Fabio Vieira are back in training
  • Still no Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko & Takehiro Tomiyasu
Fabio Vieira has returned to Arsenal training
Fabio Vieira has returned to Arsenal training / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

Thomas Partey and Fabio Vieira could return to Arsenal's matchday squad after the pair were pictured in training ahead of Wednesday's trip to FC Porto.

The Gunners travel to Portugal for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie - their first knockout stage fixture in the competition since 2017.

Arsenal head into the contest in high spirits having enjoyed their most prolific run of the Premier League season to date. Mikel Arteta's side have won their previous five games by an aggregate score of 21-2 having won their last two away outings 5-0 and 6-0.

Porto, who have endured an underwhelming domestic season thus far, will be on high alert when Arsenal come to town, and the visitors could be bolstered by the returns of two previously injured stars.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Champions League trip to Porto

Partey and Fabio Vieira were back in training on Tuesday ahead of their flight out to Porto. Both have been out of action for much of the season, with Partey failing to feature since October and Vieira since November.

Partey's return from thigh surgery was delayed when he endured another setback at the start of February, while Vieira has been out of action since undergoing groin surgery.

However, the Portuguese playmaker has been working hard in recent weeks and has supposedly been keen to be fit in time for the Champions League tie against his former club. Arsenal signed Vieira from Porto in 2022.

Given his presence in training, Vieira is surely in contention to travel with the squad alongside Partey.

As for Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Takehiro Tomiyasu, their respective absences from Tuesday's training suggests they won't be on the plane to Portugal. Jesus' long-standing knee action has kept him out for much of February, while Zinchenko aggravated a calf injury during the 3-1 victory over Liverpool.

Fortunately, Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior have proven to be more than able deputies in recent weeks and both are expected to retain their places in the starting XI on Wednesday night.