Jurrien Timber walking unaided in potential Arsenal injury boost

Arsenal released their official annual team photograph for the 2023-24 season yesterday, with the first team gathering together at London Colney for it.

The likes of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and David Raya made their first appearance in the squad photo having joined in the summer.

Arsenal released 27 pictures showing the squad photos and individual photos of some of the players.

Slides 2 and 3 would be the most exciting for most of the fans as Timber can be seen walking unaided.

This is a huge injury boost as the Netherlands international was still walking with crutches some weeks ago.

He picked up a knock in the first game of the season and has since undergone surgery.

The 22-year-old sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss a large chunk of the campaign.

However, the fact that he can walk without crutches could be good news.

Timber could soon return to light training and move to the pitch to train with the football afterwards, and a full recovery could take more than six months.

He is not going to return to action this year from the look of things, but it is good to see that he has made some progress.

Arsenal have enough depth at the back and are not particularly missing Timber, but manager Mikel Arteta could do with such a player once the games start piling up.

The Gunners have started the campaign with four wins and a draw in five Premier League matches and are one of the four teams yet to lose so far.

Maintaining the current momentum all season will be massive, but they need quality squad depth to do so, and having Timber back early next year will be a huge boost.

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