Arsenal have confirmed that Rob Holding has returned to first-team training ahead of Sunday’s trip to Watford (via Arsenal.com).
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Match: Watford v Arsenal
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Kick-Off (UK Time): 16:30 15/09/2019
Premier League football makes a welcome return on the weekend with Arsenal travelling to Watford on Sunday evening.
The Gunners have been handed a welcome boost ahead of the clash by the news that Rob Holding has returned to full training.
The centre-back has been out of action for nine months following a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament injury.
Watford may well be too soon for him but there are suggestions that Holding could return to the first-team for next Thursday’s Europa League opener against Frankfurt.
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Elsewhere on the injury table, Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, and Dinos Mavropanos are all set to follow suit and return to full training later this month.
It’s a good time for the squad. Arsenal have no immediate injury concerns and the long-term absentees are close to returning. But Gunners fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves. An injury like this which both Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin have suffered takes a long time to get over. They will need to be eased back to full fitness and that may not happen for another few months. Still, it’s great to see that Holding has returned.