Arsenal defender set to return soon

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Arsenal defender Rob Holding could be fit for the beginning of the season after recovering sooner than expected from his knee injury.

Arsenal defender Rob Holding could be fit for the beginning of the season after recovering sooner than expected from his knee injury.

The 24-year-old suffered a bad knee injury in December in the Gunners’ game against Manchester United and was expected to be ruled out for nine months.

He had worked his way into Unai Emery’s side and was being touted for an England call up just before the injury.

However, reports suggest he is a month ahead of schedule after undertaking intense physio with club doctors and could be set to return to full fitness in time for the new season, which kicks off in just over three weeks.

His return could be timely, following the news that Laurent Koscielny refused to travel with the squad to their pre-season tour of the USA.

Holding made 10 Premier League appearances last term but could re-establish himself as one of Emery’s first-choice defenders with Shkodran Mustafi also being linked with move away.

The Gunners kick-off their Premier League season with a trip to Newcastle United on August 11.

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