Arsene Wenger has been handed a major injury boost as defender Mathieu Debuchy is once more in light training.
According to rumours relayed by talkSPORT, the French right-back is well on the mend and participated in light training with Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby ahead of Arsenal’s crunch showdown with AS Monaco.
Debuchy has been out of action since January after colliding with advertising hoardings during the home fixture against Stoke City, but it’s now claimed he may return by early April.
Despite needing surgery to correct a problem in his shoulder the 29-year-old’s progress is going well, and it appears he may be back in time for the end of the season, contrary to initial fears. The former Newcastle United man has struggled to make an impact at the Emirates Stadium so far this term, having missed three months earlier on in the campaign due to an ankle injury.
On the mend
Though Debuchy will obviously be missing for the Champions League second-leg against Monaco this week - a match the Gunners need to score at least two goals in to stand any chance of qualifying for the next round - he will feature again this term, a point that is a minor grace considering his season might well have been curtailed altogether.
Having been purchased to replace now-Manchester City ace Bacary Sagna, Debuchy will no doubt be raring to prove his worth at one of England’s elite clubs, and Wenger may well be cursing his luck given how little impact he’s been able to make.
Arteta and Diaby
As well as Debuchy though there are two others who are steadily on the road to recovery, with Arteta and Diaby both running parallel to the France international with regards to their treatment. Arteta, who may well end up leaving north London in the summer, has been missing since January after picking up an ankle complaint, whilst Diaby’s injury woes have been well documented over the years.
Neither of those two will feature in the coming days but might join Debuchy in playing for the Gunners come the beginning of April for the all-important run in to the Premier League campaign. At the moment Arsenal look good value for finishing in a Champions League place, though Wenger would no doubt feel far more confident if he had a fully-fit squad to choose from.
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