Koscielny & Ramsey In Line For Starting Shirt Against PSG As Both Return To Training

We have received major boosts on the injury front ahead of our Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
According to reliable Arsenal Twitter account Jorge Bird, centre-back Laurent Koscielny took part in the first-team training today. The French defender suffered a kick on his face in the 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.

The 31-year-old played the closing minutes of the game at Emirates Stadium with a swollen face. Arsene Wenger, following the game, revealed that Koscielny’s availability for the PSG game is not certain.

“It is a little concern, it’s already very swollen,” Wenger said after the match.

Yesterday, the Guardian also reported that the France international is a doubt for Tuesday’s game due to swelling on his face.  However, it now appears that he will be available to partner Mustafi in our game tomorrow.

We have another positive news on the injury front. The same source also revealed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey has also joined the first-team training. The Wales international has been missing in action since suffering a hamstring injury in the opening-day 4-3 defeat to Liverpool.

Prior to the Saints game, Wenger labelled him a doubt for tomorrow’s game. Ramsey, is he manages to make the first team, is likely to feature on the bench tomorrow. I don’t think Wenger will put him in the staring eleven straightaway after his recovery for such a crucial match.

Bird also provided couple of other updates on our team news. Our back-up left back Kieran Gibbs was not involved in first-team training today, so one has to assume that he will not fly to Paris with the first-team.

Following the win over the Saints, Wenger said: For Tuesday, we might just have Gibbs coming back, who was not in the squad today. It’s possible they are in the squad.”

It might be possible that the left-back is currently carrying an injury. However, Wenger has not mentioned it in any of his press conferences.

Young striker Chuba Akpom was also back in training with the first-team today. Anyhow, I don’t think that he will feature in our first-team tomorrow.

So, all in all, a couple of very encouraging updates on injury news. The most welcome one was that of Koscienly. The Frenchman, as he demonstrated for us on Saturday, is a very crucial to our team.


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