The defender is responded well to treatment and is ahead of schedule to make a first-team return which will come as a major boost for manager Arsene Wenger who he is without a number of key players at the back.
Wenger is still short of natural cover in the full-back positions with Kieran Gibbs facing another month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a groin problem.
Andre Santos and Bacary Sagna remains in the club’s medical department due to an ankle injuries, while Carl Jenkinson is missing with a back complaint.
Francis Coquelin, Ignasi Miquel or Sebastien Squillaci could therefore make a rare start in defence against Mick McCarthy’s men.
Alex Song is also available after suspension but Jack Wilshere (ankle), Lukasz Fabianski (knee), Vito Mannone (shoulder), Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) all remain out.
Colchester will hand late fitness tests to Ryan Jackson and Brandon Comley prior to their clash with Yeovil.
Arsenal secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League following their 3-1 defeat of AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Danny Welbeck scored twice against AC Milan to toast his England recall by sending Arsenal into the last eight of the Europa League.
Ipswich striker Joe Garner will not play again this season after it emerged he suffered a fractured skull against Sheffield United last week.