Arsenal have been handed a major boost, following news that Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney have returned to training.
THE LOWDOWN: INJURY WOES
Mikel Arteta could be ready to welcome two of his key men back into the fold, with Tomiyasu and Tierney nearing a return to action.
Tierney has been on the sidelines since he suffered a knee injury at the start of April. He was absent for the ending of the Premier League, before he returned to action in pre-season with the club.
After making his first pre-season appearance against FC Nurnberg, Tierney returned to the treatment table, after suffering a setback and had to be taken off in that game.
In similar fashion, Tomiyasu has been out of action since the end of last season and was expected to return to training this week. It appears that both players are looking well on track and there is a positive feel about their return to first-team action soon enough.
After Arsenal’s win against Chelsea, Mikel Arteta gave an update on both players and the latest revelation is further positive about their recovery.
THE LATEST: TIMELY BOOST
As per The Athletic, both players have returned to individual training and could be in line to return to full first-team training next week. However, the report states that Tomiyasu is much closer to full recovery than Tierney, who is slowly working his way back to fitness.
With the Premier League season just 10 days away, the return of two key players will come as a major boost for Mikel Arteta.
THE VERDICT: RIGHT ON TIME
With games set to come thick and fast in the coming season, Arteta will need all men on deck, inclusive of his most trusted quality names.
However, Arsenal’s transfer business has been rather commendable, meaning the Gunners would have managed to survive for some time without Kieran Tierney.
The competition for the left-back position is now at an all-time high, following the arrival of Zinchenko, who can play at left-back or on either side of midfield.
Regardless, Tierney will feel that he remains the undisputed starter and should remain Arteta’s first choice option. However, he is at risk of losing his spot, with Zinchenko now waiting patiently to make that position his own. It promises to be an interesting battle between both players and we’ll be here to see how that unfolds as the season goes on.