According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are set to be handed a triple injury boost with Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs all set to return to face Swansea this weekend.
Ozil has missed the recent Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth after being struck down with flu over the New Year period before returning to training last week.
The German international didn’t feature during the FA Cup win at Preston North End on Saturday as he was given more time to regain full fitness but the playmaker is now ready to make his comeback on Saturday.
Bellerin sat out the 2-1 win at Deepdale last weekend after receiving a kick to his ankle in training on Friday prompting fears the right-back could be facing another spell on the sidelines having missed a month with an ankle problem earlier in the season.
However, thankfully the Evening Standard claim the injury isn’t serious and the Spanish youngster is expected to be passed fit for the trip to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday which will be a major boost.
We simply don’t have anyone in the squad capable of filling Bellerin’s boots as Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson are out-of-favour and Gabriel is limited in what he offers going forward, so I’m delighted that Hector is OK.
In a triple boost, the newspaper report claims that Gibbs is ready to make his return after missing the last three matches with a knee injury which he picked up against West Brom on Boxing Day.
In other news, Theo Walcott will be assessed ahead of the Swansea game after missing the last four matches with a calf strain while Danny Welbeck will also be checked to see how he responded after making his first appearance of the season last weekend.