Arsenal’s head of fitness Shad Forsythe has given an encouraging update on two of the Gunners’ first-team stars.
Mikel Arteta’s team are in Dubai on a warm-weather training camp during the Premier League’s first winter ever winter break.
And the fitness guru has given updates on how a number of players are getting on – and the benefits for Arsenal of having the current break.
“A lot of our rehab players are very close, so if you’re looking at Reiss Nelson, at a couple of our new signings, you saw today that a couple of them are integrated within the session, so the more we can get them in and around the team, the better,” he told the club’s official website.
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“We have Kieran Tierney who’s rehabbing a shoulder injury so there’s quite a few things Kieran can do with the team, with the ball as long as he’s not really in contact right now.
“So it’s really important we have our whole staff and team here together to bring all the players that we can to be here together as well.
“The great thing – if there ever is a great thing about having a shoulder injury versus a lower limb injury in football – is that obviously we run.
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“Kieran’s probably going to come back in very, very fit and very in shape from a running perspective, because he’s been doing tonnes of running, different patterns, ball work, things for his position specifically and also talking to Mikel and the coaches and building things that’ll have him ready to step in and perform in his position.
“This time of the season after the intense Christmas period and January cup competition is a time to repair, recover, reload and get your players back.
“And we’re on the brink of most of our players being fully fit – obviously Calum is going to be [out] until next season – and bring a bit of freshness into the team with a couple of new signings as well, and I think it’s going to be valuable for that final push moving forward to the end of the season.”
Arsenal are in action against Newcastle next weekend when they return from Dubai,