Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has welcomed the return to training of teammate Theo Walcott.
The England international forward was pictured training with the rest of the (available) Arsenal teammates on Monday.
Walcott ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Gunners’ 2-0 FA Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur in January and has been on the sidelines since.
The injury also saw the 25-year-old miss England’s 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil in the summer, but his return to fitness spells good news for the North London club.
Arsenal are facing a number of injury concerns at the moment, with striker Olivier Giroud, midfielders Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta, and defender Mathieu Debuchy all unfit.
Gibbs is glad to see Walcott return to training and wrote on Sportlobster.com: ‘I know Theo Walcott has been back on the training pitch and is close to a return to first team action. I’ve seen him at the training ground every day going through his rehab, and I can tell you he’s been working really hard every day...
‘It will be good to get him back in the team because he’s such an important player for us. Theo coming back will give us all a big boost... The timing of his return is pretty good, what with Mesut being injured.
'That was a big blow for us. When you look at our squad, when we are all fit we believe we can do good things, so we need to get everyone healthy again as soon as possible’.
Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Saturday when they take on Hull City at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners are currently eighth in the table with 10 points from seven matches, a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United.