Arsenal currently have four players on the treatment room at London Colney and Mikel Arteta is close to welcoming back two of his injured players this week as the Gunners embark on a crucial run of fixtures before the March internationals.
The north London side head into their return leg at home to Olympiakos with three days’ rest, after which they travel to Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Monday.
But as the Gunners continue to compete on three fronts, they will need as big a squad possible to succeed.
Cedric Soares was already on the road to recovery when he rocked up at Arsenal, though, and continues to progress well in the gym. It is hoped the Portuguese will be in full training by the end of February, according to Arsenal.com.
After initially returning from a hip injury which he was carrying when Arsenal signed him from Celtic, Kieran Tierney has been nursing a dislocated right shoulder since December 9. The Scotland international has begun to now participate in group training sessions in recent days, with hope that he’ll also return to full training before Friday.
Sead Kolasinac, whose campaign has been blighted by injuries, will undergo specialist assessments this week to determine the severity of the blow.
Arteta said on Sunday: “Well, I’m never happy when something happens like that.
“With Kola he’s been very unlucky with injuries.”
The setback which Calum Chambers sustained on December 29 is expected to keep him out for six to nine months. Surgery on the area was thankfully successful as the 25-year-old, who tentatively went about some gym work last week.