Arsenal playmaker Danny Ceballos has issued a positive injury update and is aiming to be back in first-team contention on Boxing Day.
Ceballos limped off the turf during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw against Vitoria in the Europa League last months and has subsequently missed the last 5 Premier League encounters.
Arsenal disclosed on their official website earlier this week that Ceballos was aiming to be back in training by mid-December but it appears as though the Spain international could be back on the pitch even sooner than first thought.
“Boxing Day is my goal! 8 days until I’m back with the team!”
If he’s to return on the projected date, he’ll feature against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and Freddie Ljungberg would presumably relish the prospect of unleashing the Real Madrid loanee against Eddie Howe’s resilient Cherries.
Arsenal encounter Manchester City on Sunday and also have to face Everton before their trip to the south coast, two gruelling tests that will push Ljungberg’s squad to the limit.
Fatigue will undoubtedly affect the camp over the coming weeks but, without European meetings to distract them until February, Arsenal can concentrate solely on domestic matters. Essentially, having Ceballos back for selection will certainly ease the strain of the congested Christmas schedule.
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Encouragingly, The Gunners’ form is expected to pick up with their second-half against West Ham United on Monday being their best in weeks and they ultimately claimed top spot in Group F following their 2-2 draw with Standard Liege in Belgium on Thursday.
Crucially, there were signs of life from players other than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Nicolas Pepe and young Gabriel Martinelli both tallied against the Hammers. Fans will be hoping the switch from Unai Emery to Freddie Ljungberg spurs a run like United went on last year with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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