Rob Holding is set to return from injury earlier than expected and play a part in Arsenal’s pre-season schedule, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that the 23-year-old central defender was expected to miss the start of the 2019/20 campaign following the knee injury he suffered against Manchester United in December.
But Holding has returned to training on the club’s tour of the United States and his recovery has apparently been boosted by some one-on-one work throughout the summer.
That’s a timely defensive boost for Unai Emery, who is currently without his captain Laurent Koscielny and has not yet landed a new centre half with just weeks to go until the new season.
There’s an argument for saying Holding is the best central defender at Arsenal right now, and his form in the early part of last season was the best he’s produced in a Gunners shirt.
That’s why so many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to celebrate the news that he’s ahead of schedule, even if they’re surely hoping that he isn’t rushed back and risking a further injury.
Emery needs all the quality he can get on the field this year, after a season when both Holding and Hector Bellerin – both of whom form part of the first-choice back four – suffered serious injuries.
— Driver Dotinski (@Dinero_Drives) July 18, 2019
Hope he is ahead of schedule, the thought of having mustafi in defence gives me sleepless nights
— Sasuke Uchiha (@NaijaArsenal) July 18, 2019
— SakaBloodClatYang (@docterwho519) July 18, 2019
The medical team might have awaken from their slumber.
— NanaQwesi Gunner (@NanaQwesi86) July 18, 2019
Lets hope hes back to his best a future captain in the making
— Gary Kerr (@cammo33) July 18, 2019
— ruman rahamtullah (@rumanskr) July 18, 2019
That’ll be just like a new signing 😕
I seriously hope he is fit to start or we will struggle with a certain German in our CB position 🍀
— Matt Crosby (@Mattagcrosby99) July 18, 2019
Finally some good news
— yoruba man gets pepper (@Joglovu) July 18, 2019
Future captain 👍🏽
— Sultan (@sultanbumjaid) July 18, 2019