Arsenal provide positive update on Bernd Leno’s knee injury

Bernd Leno screams in agony after his injury in Arsenal's Premier League defeat at Brighton
Bernd Leno’s injury is not as severe as initially feared (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have revealed that Bernd Leno has returned to outdoor running and will begin ball drills over the coming days.

There were initial fears that Leno, 28, could be set for a nine-month spell on the sidelines after he suffered a horrendous-looking knee injury in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Brighton last month.

But Leno’s injury was not as severe as it first looked and it soon became clear he had not sustained an ACL problem.

Scans showed the Germany goalkeeper had sustained a moderate ligament sprain and the time frame for his return is believed to be between four and six weeks.

A statement from Arsenal on Friday morning said: ‘Now participating in outside running, with the aim of starting ball drills in the next few days.’

Emiliano Martinez has massively impressed in Leno’s absence, starting every match since the side’s defeat at Brighton and conceding just five goals.

Recent reports suggest that Martinez’s outstanding performances had convinced Arteta to ditch plans to bring in a new goalkeeper in the summer transfer window.

Emiliano Martinez celebrates with Arsenal team-mates
Martinez has impressed in Leno’s absence (Picture: Getty)

The Gunners also delivered an update on Gabriel Martinelli’s fitness on Thursday evening and confirmed that they do not expect the young forward to return until the end of 2020.

The 19-year-old Brazilian went down injured in training last month and underwent surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his left knee.

‘Currently recovering in a knee brace after his operation, which took place during the last week of June,’ Arsenal said.

‘Surgery was successful, with consultants and our medical team very encouraged with Gabi’s current progress at this stage of his recovery.

‘Currently at our training centre every day receiving specialist attention and support from our medical team.

‘Will continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020.’

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