It’s always horrible watching a player go down with a serious injury. While Arsenal fans wait to learn the extent of Danny Welbeck’s situation, the Gunners faithful have sadly seen similar scenes before. There was the Eduardo leg break in 2008 and the horrendous Aaron Ramsey double fracture courtesy of the Stoke cavemen in 2010.
The good news is that players can make it back. Ramsey is proof of that.
Then there’s Laurent Koscielny. When the Arsenal defender and team leader ruptured his Achilles tendon versus Atletico Madrid last May, his World Cup dreams were shattered. At the time then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “He will be out for six months. You will not see him before the beginning of December at best.”
Well the Frenchman is back and it’s a little earlier than initially predicted. He is currently in training with the first team and Unai Emery thinks Koscielny could feature soon after the upcoming international break.
Also nearing a comeback is 20-year-old Dinos Mavropanos. According to the Arsenal website the defender is “expected to return to full training” this month.
The Gunners’ other Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also back from an ankle injury and close to a full return.
The there’s Nacho Monreal who has been sorely missed since injuring his hamstring at Fulham in early October. The Spaniard is back in training, and could be named to the bench when Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates on Sunday.
Unfortunately, Stephan Lichtsteiner picked up a hamstring injury of his own during Europa League action this week. It’s thought to be mild but with the break coming up, Emery will not want to rush the player back too quickly.
The good news is that first team regulars are returning and almost ready to step in.