Arsenal raise hopes injured star will return soon after naming him in their Champions League squad ahead of last-16 clash with Porto

  • Jurrien Timber suffered an ACL injury to his right knee on his league debut
  • Arsenal are optimistic Dutch defender will be able to return next month
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Jurrien Timber has been included in Arsenal’s updated Champions League squad in a positive sign the £38million defender could soon return from huis knee injury.

The Netherlands international, 22, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee that required surgery during Arsenal’s Premier League season opener against Nottingham Forest on August 12.

Timber was making just his second appearance for the Gunners after moving from Ajax last summer.

The centre-back stepped up his rehabilitation in the gym and on grass during Arsenal’s mid-season training camp in Dubai last month.

Mail Sport reported early last month that Arsenal hope Timber will return to action in March. 

Arsenal have named Jurrien Timber in their updated Champions League squad list for the knockout rounds in a hint he will return from injury soon

The defender's return will come as a major boost for Gunners manager Mikel Arteta

The defender’s return will come as a major boost for Gunners manager Mikel Arteta 

His inclusion in the Arsenal squad for the Champions League knockout rounds provides a further hint Timber will return to Mikel Arteta’s plans soon.

Arsenal take on Porto in the last-16, playing the first leg in Portugal on February 21 with the return game at the Emirates Stadium on March 12.

Timber’s return to fitness will also provide a huge boost as Arsenal chase the Premier League title.

Their 3-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday cut the gap to the leaders to just two points, with Manchester City sandwiched between them. Arsenal’s next game is away to West Ham on Sunday.

Other injured players Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira also make the Champions League squad list.

Youngster Lino Sousa was on the original list for the group stages but has since joined Aston Villa.

Full-back Jurrien Timber arrived at the club from Ajax this summer in a deal worth £40m

Full-back Jurrien Timber arrived at the club from Ajax this summer in a deal worth £40m

But the Dutch international would suffer a serious injury in his Premier League debut

But the Dutch international would suffer a serious injury in his Premier League debut

Last month, Arteta described Timber’s injury on his Premier League debut as a significant setback.

‘It was a huge blow. Everyone could see from day one what he was going to bring to the team,’ he said.

‘The versatility, the quality, the leadership. And an ability we did not have in the back line.’



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