Arsenal have received a huge injury boost with Olivier Giroud set for an early comeback.
The French international was previously reported to be out until January with a broken foot sustained at Everton earlier in the season, but Arsene Wenger has revealed Giroud is way ahead of schedule.
He told Arsenal.com: "He's three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break.
"Yes of course (it's a big boost). He's miles ahead of schedule."
Arsenal fans are used to hearing about setbacks to their injured stars, so to hear such positive news was not only welcome, but totally unexpected, with the club able to keep it under wraps.
His injury was a tough one for Arsenal to take, but it occurred just ahead of the transfer window that it prompted Arsene Wenger to go and buy Danny Welbeck.
The England star has been impressive for the Gunners this season, but he has been placed on notice for his position, and will have two games to stake further claim to retain the top striker spot even when Giroud is fit.
With Giroud nearing his return and Theo Walcott in the squad again for the Burnley game, whisper it quietly, but Arsenal's fortunes are looking up.
Here's how fans reacted on Twitter to the welcome news...
Absolutely superb news regarding Giroud back in full training after international break #AFC— WozTheGooner (@wozthegooner) October 31, 2014
So Giroud is coming back sooner than expected. Welbeck beware, Sanogo can go and manage bench, Podolski's exit days draw nigh. #afc— Fadoju Temitope F. (@MCtopiano) October 31, 2014
Giroud 3 weeks ahead of schedule WTF that doesn't happen at #AFC— stuart H (@stuarth79) October 31, 2014
I'd written off any hopes of seeing Giroud again in 2014. Would be great to see him back this year #afc— Sam Limbert (@SamsMatchReport) October 31, 2014