Jurrien Timber expected to make Arsenal return after international break

  • Jurrien Timber will make Arsenal comeback after March break
  • Defender will be eased in by Mikel Arteta
  • Could be crucial figure during the run-in

Jurrien Timber has recovered from an ACL tear
Jurrien Timber has recovered from an ACL tear / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Jurrien Timber is set to make his long-awaited return to action after the March international break.

The Dutchman has been out since the opening day of the Premier League season after suffering an ACL tear against Nottingham Forest, but was back in Arsenal training earlier this month ahead of an impressive return to fitness.

Timber joined the club from Ajax to much excitement last summer, with the defender impressing in pre-season before he suffered his devastating injury at the start of the league campaign.

However, updates regarding Timber's status have been relentlessly positive since and the club's medical staff have marvelled at the Dutch international during his rehab and recovery. It's been a long road for the 22-year-old, but a return to action is reportedly imminent.

Jurrien Timber expected to make Arsenal return after international break

Mikel Arteta has noted on multiple occasions in 2024 that he hopes Timber will play a part for the Gunners during the run-in with Arsenal chasing the Premier League title and a deep Champions League run.

Timber was added to the squad for Arsenal's knockout stage fixtures, and he may well be available for the quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich. football.london reports that barring any late setbacks, the 22-year-old will be back in action after the March break.

The former Ajax star has been involved in group training over the past couple of weeks after stepping up his recovery at the start of the year during Arsenal's warm-weather training camp in Dubai.

However, the club must be cautious over Timber's comeback with Arteta set to ease him back in after such a long period out. Thus, we shouldn't expect the defender to play a major role when the Gunners travel to title rivals Manchester City on 31 March.

A hectic April lies ahead and that's when we should see Timber begin to filter back in more regularly. Jakub Kiwior has usurped Oleksandr Zinchenko in the left-back depth chart, but there's no doubt that Timber, once he proves his fitness, is Arteta's primary option at that position.