‘Ahead of schedule’ – Boost for Arsenal as Bellerin eyes September return

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is said to be ‘ahead of schedule’ in his recovery from a knee injury and is eyeing a September return to action.

The Spaniard saw his season cut short when he ruptured his cruciate ligament in Arsenal‘s 2-0 win over Chelsea back in January.

He travelled to Spain to undergo surgery on the injury, which was expected to keep him out until October 19, but he has apparently ‘healed well’ and could now return earlier than expected, according to the Guardian.

The 24-year-old is said to be ‘ahead of schedule’ in his rehabilitation, with the club now eyeing the Premier League game against Aston Villa on September 22nd as a potential date for his return to action.

In Bellerin’s absence, Gunners boss Unai Emery utilised Ainsley Maitland-Niles as a makeshift wing-back, with veteran Stephan Lichsteiner rarely featuring and having now departed after just one season at the Emirates.

Arsenal are currently preparing for their pre-season tour of the United States, where they will come up against MLS side Colorado Rapids next Monday night, before games against European sides Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, and Real Madrid.

The Gunners get their Premier League campaign underway with an away trip to the currently managerless Newcastle on Sunday the 11th August.

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