Declan Rice reacts as Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber shares positive injury update detailing ongoing recovery

Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber has taken to social media to provide a detailed update on his ongoing recovery.

The Netherlands international sustained an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest last month and has since undergone surgery.

Timber is expected to miss a large chunk of the 2023-24 campaign, but it appears he could return sooner than expected as he has started walking without crutches.

The 22-year-old was seen walking unaided during the official group photograph session on Monday and at the under-19s UEFA Youth League game against PSV Eindhoven today.

Timber posted an update on his X account, but a look at his Instagram shows video clips of him in the gym, swimming pool and on the hospital bed as he took us through the recovery process he has undergone so far.

Declan Rice was thrilled to see the updates, reacting thus in the comments section, while his international teammate Virgil van Dijk also sent his best wishes.

A full recovery from an ACL takes at least six months, while some players could use up to eight or 12 months on the sidelines.

It remains to be seen for how long Timber will be out, but the signs have been positive so far, and he could be returning to action during the second half of the season.

According to medical experts, someone recovering from an ACL should begin to walk normally without pain relief or crutches after two to six weeks, while the full range of motion should be restored between six and 14 weeks, with the patient being able to climb up and down the stairs.

The ability to run without pain should take place between three and five months, but the patient will still have to avoid sports and contact sports.

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