Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is looking forward to returning to action after recovering from a metatarsal injury ahead of time.
Mkhitaryan has not tasted action since December 19 after sustaining an injury to his right foot during Arsenal’s 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.
The 29-year-old was not supposed to be back on his feet until next month but his rehabilitation has gone better than projected and is likely to resume full training within the next week.
As a result, he might play some part against his former club Manchester United – where he spent two years until forming part of a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez to move to Arsenal last January – when they land in north London for next Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash.
Aside from long-term absentees, the likes of Rob Holding who is suffering knee injury, and Danny Welbeck who has ankle problem, head coach Unai Emery has no other known injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.
Hector Bellerin was only considered fit enough for the final 21 minutes of last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham after recuperating from a calf hitch but is expected to return to the Gunners’ starting line-up.
Mesut Ozil has no fitness issues but Emery has decided on leaving the £350,000-a-week midfielder out of late and fans are waiting to see if he has done enough in training to earn a recall when the fourth place takes on fifth on Saturday.
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