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Arteta handed huge Arsenal injury boost as Jurrien Timber return date outlined

In a fortuitous turn of events for Arsenal, an injury update sheds light on the potential comeback of defender Jurrien Timber, who faced a setback with a knee injury during the Gunners’ inaugural home game against Nottingham Forest in August.

Withdrawn after just 50 minutes of play in that opening Premier League fixture, Timber’s subsequent diagnosis revealed a tear in his ACL, with an initial prognosis of an extended period on the sidelines. However, a recent update from @MoArsenal86 on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) suggests that the 22-year-old is targeting a return for Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League encounter with FC Porto in February.

Previously reported by football.london, sources indicated that the former Ajax stalwart was expected to rejoin first-team action between March and May. While it remains unlikely for Timber to resume full training with his teammates immediately, there’s a possibility that the determined defender may engage in individual training sessions outdoors as he intensifies his recovery efforts.

Speaking exclusively to football.london earlier this month, Timber shared his optimism about an expedited return, expressing a desire to contribute to Arsenal’s 2023/24 season sooner than initially anticipated. Reflecting on his recovery progress, he remarked, “I feel like it’s going pretty quick. I’m making good progress, and also the knee is reacting very well, so I’m happy with the way things are going. Let’s just see how things are going and how long it will be still.”

Acknowledging the unwavering support from teammates and coaches during challenging times, Timber highlighted the camaraderie within the Arsenal family. “The support of my teammates and the coaches was immense from the moment I heard the news,” he recalled. “A lot of guys were texting me, because everyone was off, so no one was at the club, but they heard what happened and were texting me. They asked if I was okay, and the support was immense.” As Timber strives for an expedited return, Arsenal fans await his comeback with hopeful anticipation.

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