Arsenal injury news including Cedric and Kieran Tierney updates ahead of Newcastle test

Arsenal take on Newcastle on Sunday as they look to close the gap on the European qualification places.

The Gunners sit 10th in the Premier League table after 25 fixtures having won only six times so far this season.

Their new Spanish boss has only overseen one league win since taking over from Unai Emery, and he will be looking to have as many members of his playing squad available as possible as they approach the run in.

Although Calum Chambers is set to be out of action until August, there are several stars that are due to come back over the next six weeks.

According to Premier Injuries, Bukayo Saka, Sead Kolasinac and Reiss Nelson are all available to face Steve Bruce’s side this weekend having recovered from knee, thigh and thigh issues respectively.

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Pablo Mari could make his debut having trained with the side during their winter break, but the Europa League match against Olympiacos might be more realistic.

January signing from Southampton Cedric Soares is said to be progressing well from his knee injury but is unlikely to feature before the clash against Portsmouth in the FA Cup on March 3.

Scotland defender Kieran Tierney is also not quite fit having dislocated his shoulder in December, with his return tipped to be the March 14 fixture away at Brighton.

Former Manchester City coach Arteta said of his new Portugal defender last month: “He has big experience, he has played in different countries and in this league, and he knows what it means.

Kieran Tierney has had a difficult start to his Arsenal career due to injury
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“He was very willing to go to another top club, he has that desire and commitment.

“I followed him a few seasons ago, and I really like what he can bring and they were the right conditions for us to try to improve the squad.”

Arsenal’s head of performance Shad Forsyth said of Tierney’s progress last week: “A lot of our rehab…