Arsenal handed big injury boost ahead of Atletico Madrid first leg

Arsene Wenger delivers the latest update on Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of Arsenal v Atletico Madrid next week

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be set to return from injury in time for the first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Atletico Madrid next week.

The Armenia international has been out of action with a knee injury that he suffered during Arsenal’s clash with CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Mkhitaryan, who signed for Arsenal from Manchester United in January, has been working on his fitness levels and trying to make himself available at the Gunners’ training ground in recent days.

Wenger has now confirmed that Mkhitaryan is back “running” in training and that he could be involved when Arsenal host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash against Atletico at The Emirates on Thursday 26 April.

Speaking at a news conference at London Colney on Thursday morning, Wenger said: “Mkhitaryan is running again.

“He has to progress in the next three or four days to see how much intensity he can have in his training sessions. Possibly Thursday is the earliest I think.”

Meanwhile, Wenger is currently preparing his team for their Premier League clash against West Ham at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table and looking likely to miss out on a top-four finish for the second season running under Wenger.

The Gunners ended up in fifth place in the table under Wenger last term.

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