Mikel Arteta confirms when Jurrien Timber will return from injury

  • Jurrien Timber set to return to training before the end of February
  • Mikel Arteta has provided another positive update
  • Arsenal travel to Manchester City at end of March

Jurrien Timber is set to return to training before the end of February
Jurrien Timber is set to return to training before the end of February / ANP/GettyImages
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Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Jurrien Timber is closing in on his long-awaited return to action, saying the defender will return to training "next week".

Timber joined the club from Ajax last summer and immediately impressed in pre-season. Versatile and technically proficient, the defender was set to play a pivotal part during his debut season as he was named in Arsenal's starting lineup for their first Premier League game of the season at home to Nottingham Forest.

However, Timber's Premier League bow barely lasted 45 minutes as he succumbed to what proved to be an ACL tear. The Dutchman risked missing the entirety of 2023/24, but Arteta has long been hopeful that the defender will play some part during the run-in as the Gunners go in search of the Premier League title.


Mikel Arteta confirms when Jurrien Timber will return from injury

There have been nothing but positive updates regarding Timber's status in 2024.

His inclusion in Arsenal's Champions League knockout stage squad suggested the club expected Timber to return at some point this season, and Arteta, ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Newcastle, doubled down on such optimism.

Asked whether Timber would make his comeback before the end of the season, the boss said: "I really hope so... he's doing really well and will start to do some bits with us in the next week or so"

A return to training before the end of February would be huge for Arsenal, and while the club will undoubtedly be cautious regarding Timber's comeback to competitive action, we could perhaps see the Dutchman in action after the March international break.

Arsenal travel to Manchester City in a decisive bout on 31 March.

As for the Gunners' other absences, Arteta confirmed that Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko are each close to making their respective comebacks after Fabio Vieira returned to the matchday squad on Wednesday night. Takehiro Tomiyasu, however, seems a little further away.


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