What's the story?
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has given a positive update on his recovery from an injury he suffered at the start of the year, revealing that he will return to the Gunners training ground sooner than initially expected.
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Bellerin was originally ruled out of action for nine months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a Premier League clash against Chelsea on January 19.
The Spain international has since undergone successful surgery and has been under extensive rehabilitation for months.
Arsenal have been suffering a defensive crisis in the last couple of years and Bellerin's injury came as a huge blow to the team, who have been struggling to find a decent replacement for the Spaniard's position.
The departure of former Gunners captain, Laurent Koscielny, has further aggravated the situation but the club is reportedly set to sign David Luiz as a replacement.
The North London outfit has also acquired the services of centre-back William Saliba but he has been sent for a season-long loan to St Etienne. In addition, Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is believed to be making his way to the Emirates before the transfer window closes.
The heart of the matter
In great news for Arsenal fans, Bellerin has informed BBC Radio Five Live Sport's Arsenal podcast that he is only "a few weeks away" from joining his teammates in senior training.
The 24-year-old hopes to play a competitive game for the Gunners within two months.
Arsenal will kick off their new campaign with a game against Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday.Published 08 Aug 2019, 18:30 IST