Konstantinos Mavropanos, whilst being one hell of a mouthful, is a quality defender. The Greek centre-back has everything he needs to be the next star at The Emirates and it’s becoming increasingly frustrating as his injury return date keeps being forced backwards.
Injury boost: Mavropanos expected to return to full training later on this month. pic.twitter.com/ugCuwnXqUA
— LTArsenal (@ltarsenal) 12 December 2018
The latest updates claim that the Greek defender should be back sometime in December. However, it seems like the Gunners have heard that about both October and November when it came to a return date for the youngster. Back then his return was less urgent but now it’s become a real issue as both Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi are sidelined and the club are thin on the ground in the way of centre-backs.
It looks like Unai Emery will be forced to splash the cash in January with a defender being his priority. However, with a number of players being touted as the next Gunners’ recruit, the fans would much rather just see Mavropanos making it back to fitness and be in contention for a start. There’s no doubting the youngster has the ability to step in, but whether his injury return allows it is another problem.
You can read the Kopites’ thoughts on Mavropanos injury here:
They said that last month.
— Unai Emery's Red Army (@walw15) December 12, 2018
Same thing we heard last month.
— AARON KAY (@aaron_kayy) December 13, 2018
When this month because I have waited for this like forever?
— MattGooner (@matteogooner) 13 December 2018
he was supposed to return last month..
— CL (@cheeliang_cl) December 12, 2018
“In December” was my favourite part of that recent injury update that Arsenal put out, in December.
— Norman Stanley (@roonious79) December 12, 2018
What the hell is wrong with that guy??
— Omo Iya wale(Arsenal boy) (@bowmanrty) 12 December 2018
The Gunners can’t wait for the defender to return and will hope he can fill the gap at the heart of the club’s defence.