Monday 13 October 2014 18:03, UK
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has returned to first-team training after 10 months out with a knee injury.
The 25-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the FA Cup third round in January.
The injury ruled Walcott out of the World Cup in Brazil during the summer and the England star only returned to light training at the beginning of this season.
German midfielder Serge Gnabry has also returned to training after recovering from a knee injury picked up in April.
Arsenal fans were further boosted with the news Danny Welbeck will train as scheduled on Thursday, despite coming off after 80 minutes in England’s 1-0 victory on Sunday.
Nacho Monreal is also back training after a month out with a back injury.
The 28-year-old Spaniard’s return will ease the strain on the Gunners defence after Laurent Koscielney was sent home by France last Thursday, having chronic tendinitis in both Archilles tendons.
Arsenal are still missing Mathieu Debuchy, who was ruled out for three months with an ankle injury in September.
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Olivier Giroud is recovering well from his fractured tibia.
The 28-year-old France striker broke the bone in a Premier League match against Everton in August.
"Olivier Giroud is recovering very well," Wenger told beIN Sports.
"I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation. The operation went perfectly."