Unai Emery has stressed that we will not rush Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney back to first-team action.
The former has been out since January with a knee injury, while the Scotland international is recovering from a groin injury sustained at former club Celtic.
Both have been training with the first-team group this week, but when could we see them playing again?
“They are now closer to us but they need to continue working and taking training with us for their fitness and [then] they can feel very comfortable about coming back to play with us,” Unai Emery said.
“Not yet [will they play], because it depends on their progress for the next weeks and maybe also we can decide [for them] to play at the beginning with the under-23s because maybe if they play with them they can take confidence and their rhythm and then after play with us 100 per cent.
“Really, we need to look at the next steps in each training session and also if we decide that they should play with the under-23s. But they did that week, the first time training normally with us, and we want in the next week again to take the normality in training with us.
“I think after that week we can decide how they are [in terms of] starting to play with the under-23s and with us.”
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