With the footballing world, and the world in general still in turmoil thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains unclear when or even if, the Premier League season will be restarted.
According to the football.london website, some of our players went individually to our training centre to be assessed and have not all been together since Arteta was diagnosed on March 12th.
At that time, we had a few injuries and yesterday, we were buoyed by the news that Lucas Torreira has recovered from his foot injury, picked up against Portsmouth the week before Arteta picked up the Coronavirus. However, this good news was also negated by the fact his agent claims he wants to leave Arsenal.
Kieran Tierney was also sidelined by a shoulder injury, picked up against West Ham back in December. He was originally ruled out for three months, so should be back in time for any restart.
Calum Chambers was set to miss nine months after picking up his injury around Christmas of last year, so despite his recovery going well, the youngster is still a way off of playing again.
He has nothing but praise for the Arsenal medical team and said:
“We’ve been trying to stick to morning rehab, so on some days at the moment I have double sessions where I’ll do stuff in the morning and in the afternoon. It’s all about keeping a routine and keeping that momentum going…”
The article also mentioned that Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are working their way back to fitness during the epidemic since they both picked up separate ACL injuries.
So, should football restart again, it looks like Mikel Arteta may have a few more options in terms of team selection, but in the current, crazy climate who knows what might happen?