When Jurrien Timber expects to return from ACL injury

  • Arsenal lost Jurrien Timber to an ACL tear on Matchday 1 of the Premier League season
  • Timber joined from Ajax in the summer
  • Dutchman has provided an update about his recovery

Jurrien Timber has provided an update on his recovery from a knee injury
Jurrien Timber has provided an update on his recovery from a knee injury / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber has said he is making "good progress" in his recovery from an ACL tear and is hopeful for featuring for the Gunners again before the end of the season.

The Gunners signed Timber from Ajax in the summer and the Dutchman immediately impressed supporters with his performances in pre-season. He was particularly excellent in Arsenal's Community Shield triumph over Manchester City.

Timber was set to play a huge role for Mikel Arteta during his debut season and he started the Gunners' opening Premier League game of the season at home to Nottingham Forest. However, the defender suffered a devastating blow when he was forced off with a knee injury at the start of the second half with what turned out to be an ACL tear.

When Jurrien Timber expects to return from ACL injury

There's always been scope for Timber to return at some point this season, with updates surrounding the young defender almost always being positive. However, for the first time since his setback, we got an update from the man himself.

Speaking about his recovery on Arsenal's matchday show ‘The Breakdown Live’ ahead of Saturday's win over Wolves, Timber said: “I’m making good progress. It won’t be the whole season [out], I hope, I know it’s going well. It’s hard at the same time, but I’m doing my best, working hard, and just enjoying being busy.”

While a potential return date has not been specified, we should expect Timber to remain on the sidelines for a while yet. However, he is undoubtedly making good progress and all we can do is hope that he'll be fit and firing for the 2023/24 stretch.

Having qualified for the Champions League round of 16 as group winners and currently sitting atop the Premier League table, Arsenal look poised to compete on multiple fronts in the new year, and Arteta will need as big a squad as he can muster for the run-in.

It'll take Timber some time to get back up to speed once he returns, but his presence will come as a huge boost for the Gunners.