Arsenal full-back Jurrien Timber is pencilled in to return to action in March

Arsenal right-back Jurrien Timber is making pleasing progress from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained in August and is pencilled in to return in March, according to the Daily Mail.

The Netherlands international picked up the injury in his right knee during his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the campaign and has since undergone surgery.

Timber initially used crutches to walk but has since started moving unaided and is expected to return to training on the pitch individually in the coming weeks.

The 22-year-old joined the Gunners from Ajax in the summer and was involved in action during their pre-season tour of the United States.

Timber also featured in the Community Shield victory against Manchester City, impressing and earning a start against Nottingham before getting withdrawn five minutes into the second-half due to his ACL injury.

Arsenal were forced to deploy Thomas Partey in the position, but the Ghana international midfielder got injured in October and is yet to return to action.

Ben White has largely been playing at right-back since then, while Takehiro Tomiyasu has been deployed there at times.

The Japan international is heading to the Asia Cup later this month, while the English defender has been playing with an uncomfortable long-term issue that club medics are working to find a solution to.

Ukraine international left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is also carrying a calf problem, and there is a feeling amongst many at Arsenal that the arrival of a new versatile defender should be prioritised during the January transfer window.

The Gunners recently suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats to West Ham United and Fulham, with just a win to their name in their last five league games, and bolstering their squad this month is important if they want to win the title.

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