Arsenal injury news and return dates for crunch Man City clash

Mikel Arteta will hope to count on the duo for the key Premier League meeting against Manchester City after the international break

Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could have a fully-fit squad to choose from for the match against Manchester City at the end of the month.

The Gunners booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a penalty shootout win over FC Porto last week. Having been eliminated from the FA Cup this season, Arsenal were without a match this weekend and players will have another week to get up to full fitness during the international break.

Their next match against City on March 31 at the Etihad Stadium (4.30pm) could be a title-decider, with only one point separating the two sides. With that said, only two players are working toward returning to full fitness at London Colney and football.london takes a look at the latest.

Jurrien Timber

Injury: Knee.

Return date: TBC.

What Arteta has said: “Not many updates [before the win over Porto]. We’re trying to have everybody fit and available.”

Timber continues to be involved in training following his ACL injury – which came shortly after his move from Ajax this summer. However, a firm date for the defender to return has not been given by the club.

The 22-year-old made two appearances for The Gunners before injury unfortunately derailed his debut season.

Gabriel Martinelli

Injury: Foot.

Return date: TBC.

What Arteta has said: “Not many updates [before the win over Porto]. We’re trying to have everybody fit and available.”

Martinelli was not involved against either Brentford or Porto. He was spotted by football.london walking through the mixed-zone on crutches after the Brentford game, before sitting out in the Champions League.

His setback was not thought to be too serious and the Brazil forward has, seemingly, trained in some part.

 

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