Mertesacker reveals his recovery plan back to full fitness!
It was announced earlier today that whilst one Arsenal superstar has an injury concern that’ll frighten the Gunners faithful, there’s another player that is progressing well towards an early recovery. Alexis Sanchez who is currently away with Chile, has got the Arsenal medical team stressing with rumours today revealing that he won’t be returning to London earlier than planned for rehabilitation. Instead the Chile forward will remain with the national side against Arsenal’s wishes.
The good news however is that another Arsenal forward, Lucas Perez, has revealed via Twitter that his recovery is going well and progress on a return date is ahead of schedule. The Spaniard picked up an injury that damaged his ligaments during Arsenal’s last EFL Cup match against Reading. It was anticipated the former Deportivo man would be out for around two months, but he’s had a speedy recovery that’s already seen him back training on the pitch.
However, the latest revelation doesn’t apply to either player and Arsenal have today been blessed with further good news on the injury front. Fan favourite Per Mertesacker has announced that he too is working hard to get back to full fitness, with the German defender not too far away from getting back in training.
Mertesacker revealed via social media that yoga of all things has been a big part of his fitness regime and that he’s well on schedule for a Christmas time return. Mertesacker picked up the injury during pre-season and at the time it was a real concern to find out that one of our regular starters of the past few seasons, was going to be ruled out for six months before the season had even begun. Arsene Wenger subsequently found defensive additions in Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi during the summer, and now it would be fair to say that given the impressions both players have made so far this season, Mertesacker has been pushed down the pecking order.
Mertesacker is Arsenal’s captain this season, although Koscielny has stepped up during the BFG’s absence. It’s clear that even if Mertesacker doesn’t have an immediate role to return to in the team when he recovers from injury, then at least he still has a massive influence on the players through his leadership qualities.
Mertesacker has previously spoken this season about how he will have to consider his future at the club if he does find that he’s dropped down the pecking order. Unfortunately for the German, I think that may well be the case, especially with the strong partnership Kos and Mustafi have shown, as well as the talent of Holding who is deputising. Although it would be a sad sight to see the BFG go, at 32 years old and signs of his physical ability falling already in what is a very physically demanding Premier League, I can’t help but think that this may well be Mertesacker’s final season wearing the red and white of Arsenal.