Mathieu Debuchy takes big step towards Arsenal return

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Mathieu Debuchy has handed Arsenal a timely injury boost after taking a big step in his recovery from ankle ligament damage.

The France international has posted three photos on his official Twitter account showing him in strength training ahead of a return to full fitness. The accompanying message thanked fans for messages of support.

It read: "Good session yesterday! Thanks for your messages.”

Injury crisis

Arsene Wenger would have been delighted to see Debuchy come through the light workout as the end of a terrible defensive injury crisis approaches. The right-back suffered his unfortunate injury against Manchester City in September and was ruled out until December.

However, with Debuchy already taking part in strength training, there may be a chance that he will return slightly earlier than that to east Wenger's injury woes. The current crisis has seen every defender at the club change position to accommodate for their injured teammates.

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Nacho Monreal has been drafted in as a centre-back while Hector Bellerin has also been forced to play at left-back. With Kieran Gibbs facing a race against time to be fit for the game against Burnley, Wenger currently has just four defenders to choose from.

Impressive start

Debuchy, 29, only joined Arsenal in the summer in a £12 million deal from Newcastle United. On the back of an impressive World Cup with France, Debuchy filled the void left by Bacary Sagna seamlessly.

But because of the unfortunate injury, Debuchy has been limited to just four Premier League games. He has also missed out on Arsenal's Champions League campaign thus far.

Return date

Debuchy is likely to return to the starting line up as soon as possible to alleviate the stresses being placed on 19-year-old Chambers. The former Southampton starlet has been a first team regular since joining in the summer, but Wenger will no doubt be keen to give him a well earned break. 

Ironically, one potential return date for Debuchy could be the Gunners' game against Newcastle United on December 13. Debuchy appeared to leave the Magpies on good terms, but he could be in for a hostile reception if he does make an appearance.

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