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Arsenal: Cedric close to return from injury

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Arsenal right-back Cedric Soares is on the cusp of returning to full training after sustaining a knock last month, according to The Athletic’s Gunnerblog.

The Lowdown: Cedric’s injury

The 31-year-old picked up a minor injury before the Europa League clash against FC Zurich last month and has been recovering ever since.

Consequently, he is yet to make an appearance for the Gunners this season, so he will be desperate to get back on the pitch at the Emirates.

However, Ben White has since impressed at right-back, meaning this will be no easy transition for the Portugal international to make.

The Latest: Cedric close to return

Gunnerblog has now shared a fresh update on Cedric’s fitness, revealing a boost for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal squad.

Taking to Twitter, The Athletic journalist claimed:

“Cedric on brink of returning to competitive action for Arsenal.

“Plan is to include him in the squad for Thursday’s Europa League game.”

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The Verdict: Good news for Arteta

Last season the full-back made 21 appearances in the Premier League; throughout the campaign, he averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.4 clearances and 0.8 interceptions per game (via WhoScored).

Earning statistical comparisons to the likes of AS Roma’s Zeki Celik and Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo, he demonstrated a wide range of abilities alongside his experience and leadership.

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Previously hailed for a ‘fantastic’ performance by Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva, news of Cedric’s return will come as a boost to Arteta’s squad depth – especially with their upcoming congested fixture list.

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