Arsenal used the Premier League’s first ever winter break and headed to Dubai for a four-day warm-weather training camp.
On all accounts the trip was successful as Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff were able to get their ideas across, while new signings Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares were integrated into the squad.
Now attentions have shifted towards the second half of the season and the Gunners have a lot of work to do if they’re to gatecrash the top-four and seal a return to the Champions League in 2020/21.
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On Sunday afternoon, they face a Newcastle United side who have drawn their last two league games, the latest being a 0-0 stalemate with Norwich City before the winter break.
The hiatus from Premier League football may have come at a good time for Arsenal with the rest giving injured players a chance to step up their recovery.
With that said, here is the latest Arsenal injury news and expected return dates.
The defender was back in the team after serving a one match suspension against Bournemouth, however, he was forced from the field in just the 23rd minute of the match after picking up what looked like an ankle injury.
Following the game, Arteta gave a worrying update on the player.
“The doctors are assessing him,” he said. “The first feeling he got wasn’t very positive.”
Arsenal doctor Gary O’Driscoll with injured Calum Chambers during the game against Chelsea
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It has since been confirmed by the club that the defender has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
He has undergone surgery, meaning that he will be out of action for a period of between six to nine months meaning that he won’t feature again this season.
The Scottish left-back had to be withdrawn after 29 minutes against West Ham back in December after he landed awkwardly in his own box, picking up a shoulder injury. Sead Kolasinac came on to replace the former Celtic defender.
After the game, Freddie Ljungberg said: “Tierney, it’s something with his shoulder but I don’t know exactly what that is.
Kieran Tierney of Arsenal Injured during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC
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“We obviously had to take him off. He’s going to hospital to get it checked.” The injury was confirmed as a dislocated shoulder.
He has since returned to training with the squad during their week in Dubai, with head of fitness Shad Forsythe confirming the Scotsman is still restricted to non-contact training.
“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,” he said.
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