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Arsenal have been handed a major boost ahead of their clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (18 November) with Danny Welbeck expected to be available after returning to full training during the international break.
The Gunners forward suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal’s loss to Watford on 14 October and Arsene Wenger had earmarked a return for the striker after the ongoing international break. It is Welbeck’s second injury this season after having missed two games earlier in the season with a hip injury.
The 26-year-old has started all six of the Premier League games he has featured in thus far and had started the season in fine form, scoring three goals in his first five appearances. According to the London Evening Standard, the striker has progressed well in his recovery process and will be available if Wenger needs him for the north London derby on Saturday.
Welbeck’s return to action will come as a major boost to the manager, who could be without Olivier Giroud after the striker suffered a thigh injury while on international duty. The Frenchman returned to the club after picking up a knock during France’s 2-0 win over Wales and is now a doubt for the game against Spurs.
Giroud’s absence will come as a major blow to the Gunners as he offers a different avenue of attack compared to first choice striker Alexandre Lacazette. The 31-year-old forward has made 10 appearances in the Premier League but all have come from the bench with his starts being restricted to the cup competitions.
Welbeck is unlikely to be the only player making a return from injury, with the report claiming that David Ospina also in line for a comeback after recovering from a grade one groin injury. Wenger was expecting Shkodran Mustafi to also return after the international break, but there are no updates on the centre-back at the moment.