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Good News Gonners!! Granit Xhaka is Back



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GRANIT Xhaka is back in the gym less than three weeks after hobbling off in the North London derby win against Tottenham.

The 29-year-old was originally ruled out for three months with a knee injury – but is working in the gym at Arsenal’s London Colney base in a bid to make a return as soon as possible.

The Swiss international shared pictures of him exercising his injured knee while wearing a brace on Instagram.

And he simply captioned it: “Work mode.”

The midfielder sustained damage to his medial ligament after an accidental clash with Lucas Moura in September.

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka sustained an injury in the North London Derby against close rival Tottenham (Photo: Google)

Arsenal verified the news in an official statement on September 29, giving a three-month timeline for Granit Xhaka’s return.

Were he to stick to that plan exactly he would theoretically return for the Boxing Day trip to Norwich, or the home game against Wolves on December 28.

But it’s still too early for an exact return date. Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash against Crystal Palace, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “Granit is progressing really well but obviously we know it is a long-term injury unfortunately and he’s not going to be available.”

He went on to admit he was unsure exactly when Xhaka would return, saying: “With Granit, I don’t know, but I’m sure that if you tell him three [months], he will be thinking two [months].

“He will be trying to do extra work to try to minimize that time, that’s for sure.

“We have to do it in the right way because it’s a significant injury and we want to have him back properly when he can.”

Arteta’s side hosts Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in their next two games, before the Carabao Cup last-16 clash against Leeds.

A tricky trip to Leicester comes after, with Watford then the visitors to the Emirates – all within the next month.

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