Boost for Arsenal with David Luiz ahead of schedule and in full training following neck injury

The Brazilian defender looked ready for a sideline period but recovered quickly and could be back on the pitch soon

David Luiz returned to full training following a neck injury earlier than expected, in a push for Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta.

The Brazilian defender signed a contract extension last season and remains a key first team player for Arteta’s FA Cup holders, despite making a number of high-profile mistakes that have led to fierce criticism from fans and fans. experts.

Luiz on the other hand is a popular and respected member of Arsenal’s first team, meaning his recent suffering from a neck problem, which threatened to keep him out for a period of matches, was a real blow to the Gunners. .

However, the club confirmed that the injury was a neck spasm rather than something more serious, and Luiz is already back in full training and is making good progress in his recovery.

It means he could participate in Arsenal’s Premier League match this weekend, at home against London rivals West Ham United on Saturday, although Arteta may want to save Luiz and keep his fitness.

Arsenal have a busy schedule of league games, a Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City and the start of the Europa League soon to face, and will need key first team members like Luiz fit and available for big matches. in quick succession.

The Gunners also provided an injury update regarding other first team squad members, including longtime absentees Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli.

Chambers has been out since breaking an anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the home defeat to Chelsea on 29 December. The defender runs alongside his teammates and has returned to training with a soccer ball; may return to full training next month.

Mari, who sprained his ankle ligaments in Arsenal’s first match after the Premier League reboot following coronavirus-imposed football suspension in England – the defeat to Manchester City on 17 June – continues to work to rehabilitate his strength and speed, and could be back in full contact action by the end of this month.

Martinelli is still far from a comeback. He suffered a serious knee injury while training on 21 June, and after a successful operation he is continuing to recover at Arsenal’s Colney London training base. He won’t be returning to full lineup until the end of 2020 at the earliest.

Shkodran Mustafi could return in October following his hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup semifinal win against Man City, while Emile Smith Rowe and Sokratis are expected to return in the next two weeks after problems in his right shoulder and right calf respectively.

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