Arsenal’s new signing Pablo Mari looks set to return to full training and perhaps a return to first team action, following some positive news coming out regarding the Spaniard’s rehabilitation. Mari was signed by Arsenal on loan in January from Flamengo; a deal which the Gunners made permanent for a fee of around £7 million this summer. However, owing to a severe ankle sprain and ligament damage sustained against Manchester City on the 17th of June, Pablo has only been able to make 3 first team appearances for the Gunners. This looks set to change with football.london reporting that Mari is set to transition from light technical and strengthening training to full training with the first team. The ‘no-nonsense’ centre back may even be in contention to play against Manchester City after the international break, however it is likely that Arteta will look to limit his minutes and build up his match fitness in a more gradual way over the coming weeks.
This is not the only piece of positive injury news coming from Arsenal right now. Arsenal.com also recently confirmed that Emile Smith Rowe is back in full training following a shoulder injury in August. Shkodran Mustafi meanwhile, who sustained a hamstring injury in the FA cup semi-final on the 18th of July, is progressing well and aiming to be back in full training after the international break. The same goes of Englishman Calum Chambers who appears to be coming to the end of his rehabilitation regime for a ruptured ACL sustained against Chelsea in December.
However, the good news ends there; Arsenal’s other main man on the physio bench has been wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli who has recently undergone a successful arthroscopic procedure carried out to repair an injury sustained in June. The Brazilian will likely have to wait until the end of this calendar year to resume his Arsenal fairytale.
There are no updates from Arsenal on Aubameyang’s rumoured injury sustained on international duty, but rest assured we will keep you posted.
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