Arsenal fans can breathe easy as Laurent Koscielny has been confirmed to be only few steps away from his return to pitch.
“He’s working very hard. First he was in France, he came back to us last Sunday,” [via Metro].
Unai Emery revealed during a press conference, confirming a video footage which has been uploaded on the Arsenal’s YouTube channel. The footage shows the former Lorient player looking quick on his feet alongside Alex Iwobi.
Our clean sheets died with Laurent Koscielny
— ∞ (@TheFalseNein) September 15, 2018
Further, the gaffer also expressed his appreciation towards Koscielny, saying:
“We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us.”
As a not-so-good fact, the Londoners have not looked good defensively so far, conceding five goals in their opening two matches of the Premier League season against Manchester City and Chelsea. So, it is obvious that Koscienly’s presence even at the practice session will give a mental boost to his team.
On the other side, the defender will definitely look to make a fantastic comeback after being ruled out of action back in May, after suffering an Achilles injury during their Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid. He also missed the golden chance of winning the most prestigious tournament in French colours. After France’s World cup win, he also retired from the international duty. So, there is no holding back for himself to unleash his full potential for the Emirates outfit.
However, the strangest thing is the speed of his injury recovering. He was actually scheduled to comeback at December and now he is practising with his teammates with a full-fledged mind-set. And that will definitely light-up the mood of every Gooner.
He is now the highest goal scoring defender in Premier League for this team with 19 goals in 238 appearances. Who will not want him in the defense line? And that’s reason the the Frenchman is important.
On the other hand, this is not the first time the defender has gone through Achilles tendon rupture. He faced the same problem back in 2014 and 2017 as well. But, last time Koscielny revealed that yoga is helping ease the pain of his long-standing Achilles injury.
Can’t wait for Laurent Koscielny to come back from injury.
Will be so important if he gets 100% fit. What a player. pic.twitter.com/hbRnag5OLp
— – (@EmeryTactic) September 8, 2018
The French centre-back said in May that he will require daily treatment for the remainder of his career to deal with chronic tendinitis in both feet, an injury that has required careful management.
“I feel a lot better physically,” Koscielny said. “My tendons don’t hurt anymore; I’m more relaxed and positive.
“I was a little reticent at first, but there are a lot of areas which have helped me relax and be a lot more positive in terms of football and also my everyday life”