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Granit Xhaka: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hopes early return from injury for midfielder

The midfielder sustained median knee ligament damage in Arsenal’s North London derby victory over Tottenham and has not played since.

Xhaka, however, has worked hard to recover and is making very good progress.

Originally there were concerns that the Switzerland international would be back before the New Years, but Arsenal are now hoping he can return before the end of December if his recovery continues to progress well.

“Hopefully he will be a little earlier than expected, he is training and pushing himself so hard and all the staff like he always does,” said Arteta.

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“He’s in a good position, he’s playing well and I hope we can have him a little earlier. It is still a little early to decide.


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