Arsenal defender Cedric Soares issues fitness update

Cedric Soares is pictured in training for Arsenal
Soares is recovering from a knee problem (Picture: Getty)

Cedric Soares insists he is nearing full fitness as Arsenal fans wait for the loan signing to make his debut for the club.

The full-back was one of two signings for Arsenal in January, but arrived from Southampton carrying a knee injury.

Arteta is keen to have a fully fit squad and Soares said on social media he is almost ready to return to action.

‘Working hard with the guys and getting closer to full fitness,’ he said.

Soares was training with the first-team this week, but was wearing strapping on his left leg as he continues his recovery.

Defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney were also back in training in further boosts for Arteta’s squad.

Lucas Torreira, on the other hand, faces a spell on the sidelines after going off injured in the FA Cup win over Portsmouth.

The midfielder fractured his ankle and is there is not yet a date for his return.

Arsenal welcome West Ham to the Emirates on Saturday hoping a win will see them climb up the Premier League table.

The Gunners are tenth and currently eight behinds off the final Champions League spot.

Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League and Arteta admitted missing out on Champions League football will have a huge effect on the club’s transfer business in the summer.

‘The damage caused by the club not being in the Champions League for the third season is really big,’ Arteta said.

Matteo Guendouzi and Cedric Soares challenge for the ball in Arsenal training
Arsenal are hopeful Soares will return to full training next week (Picture: Getty)

‘Financially the impact is enormous because the structure of this club is built to be in the Champions League and you can sustain that for one year or two, but then after you have to start making decisions.

‘So we will have to make decisions one way or the other depending on the scenario we find ourselves in, whether we are in the Champions League, Europa League or nowhere near that.

‘And we’ll have a very clear plan of what we want to do and depending where we are we have to act like this.’

MORE: Shkodran Mustafi and Cedric Soares return to training ahead of Arsenal vs West Ham

MORE: Lee Dixon slams Arsenal team who are ‘not good enough’ to succeed

Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

No comments