Arsenal's Gnabry nearing first-team return after injury nightmare

Serge Gnabry

The 19-year-old has yet to make a first-team appearance this season, but is building up his match-fitness for the Under-21s.

Serge Gnabry has had an injury hit year after exploding onto the Arsenal scene in the 2013-14 campaign, but the forward was happy to tell the Gunners' official website recently that he is edging closer to a return.

A knee injury against Bayern last year has kept the promising German from building on his superb early displays at the Emirates, but Gnabry was involved in Arsenal Under 21's 1-0 loss to Reading on Monday night, having stepped up his comeback in the last couple of months.

The young winger, still just 19, was happy to continue to build up his fitness despite the scoreline, and it looks like he is nearing availability for Arsene Wenger's first team, should he be called upon.

"I am feeling good," Gnabry told the Arsenal website after the game. "I’m feeling better and better. It is my second 90 minutes [in the space of a week], I am playing and over my injury so it is all good and I am looking forward to the next game."

The former Stuttgart youth also revealed how happy he was to be involved with the Germany Under-21 side, something that has only happened this year and before he has managed to get first-team football at his club under his belt again.

It means Gnabry may be involved in the German Under-21 side's attempts to win the European Championships in the Czech Republic this summer.

"I have been away with the young national team for the past few weeks," he said. "It was a good experience with a good side so I am looking forward to the Euros so hopefully we can go there and win the title."

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