Laurent Koscielny has returned to training with Arsenal as he continues his long rehabilitation back from the Achilles injury he suffered against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final in May.
The injury ruled Koscielny out of France’s World Cup campaign which they ultimately won, and the defender has since announced his retirement from international football this week after complaining of the treatment he received at the hands of many, most notably France manager Didier Deschamps.
Koscielny was expected to return in about six months following the injury, and although he has returned to first-team training there is no set timeline expected for his full return to playing games.
Arsenal have won eight consecutive games in all competitions, including six on the trot in the Premier League under new manager Unai Emery who will no doubt be delighted with news that his club captain is on the verge of full recovery from a potentially career-ending injury.
Arsenal play Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday night.