Arsenal striker starlet back in training after seven month lay off

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Benik Afobe is back in training after recovering from a knee injury he suffered in March ... can he make it back into the fold?

When Benik Afobe burst onto the scene with an exciting loan spell at Huddersfield Town it is fair to say people stood up and took notice.

The youngster was fast, strong and clinical in front of goal - and his form for an exciting crop of England youngsters was also fantastic.

In his 38 appearances with England representative sides aged Under-21 or below he has amassed an impressive 23 goals - certainly not something to be shirked at.

When he signed a professional contract with Arsenal in 2010, he was reportedly being hunted by Barcelona - so this is a hugely talented youngster.

So why has he not made the breakthrough yet. At the age of 20 many would expect him to be making inroads somewhere by now.

Unfortunately his career has stalled recently. A spell with Bolton Wanderers was relatively forgettable and he found his deal cut short half way through the season.

So he joined Millwall in February until the end of the season, but tore ligaments in his knee a month later and returned to Arsenal, for surgery.

But there is now a glimmer of light, as Afobe has returned to training this week.

The striker sensations good news was delivered by Nico Yennaris on Twitter … posting this picture…

But the fact is Afobe is now in a real struggle to make the breakthrough. He has seen young academy graduate Chuba Akpom climb above him in the pecking order - while Yaya Sanogo, a very similar player, was brought in this summer.

His contract expires at the end of the season, and a future with Arsenal seems unlikely.

For him the best course of action now would be to use the facilities he has around him at the moment to get back to the very peak of his fitness - and find a new club in the summer to finally demonstrate his undoubted talent.

No Arsenal fan would begrudge him that opportunity.

image: © wonker

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