Arsenal injury news ahead of Crystal Palace clash as Gabriel Jesus returns

Mikel Arteta has been handed two key injury boosts ahead of Arsenal’s return to Premier League action. The Gunners headed into the winter break following a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup third round.

Gabriel Jesus missed the tie through injury after sustaining a minor knee problem. However, the Brazil international has now returned to training during the break and is in contention to start against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Fabio Vieira has also returned to training during the winter break. The Portuguese playmaker will offer a different option and increase depth in midfield for Arteta after recovering from a groin problem.

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus has now returned to full team training during the winter break after recovering from a minor knee injury. The Brazilian is in contention to start against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Injury: Knee

Expected return date: Crystal Palace (H) – Saturday, January 20

 

Oleksandr Zinchenko

The full-back was absent from Arsenal’s defeat to Fulham with a calf problem. His injury was described as “slight” but was a huge blow for Arsenal, with Jakub Kiwior forced to deputise at left-back.

Injury: Calf

Expected return date: Crystal Palace (H) – January 20

 

Thomas Partey

The Gunners midfielder underwent a ‘procedure’ on his thigh injury in November. Arteta has suggested that Partey is making progress but he was still left out of Ghana’s squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Injury: Thigh

Expected return date: February 2024

 

Takehiro Tomiyasu

The defender suffered a calf injury in the win over Wolves in December and was expected to be out until January. Tomiyasu did feature off the bench in the loss to Fulham but has since departed to be part of Japan’s squad for the Asian Cup.

Expected return date: After the Asia Cup

 

Fabio Vieira

Vieira has returned to full team training and could feature in the matchday squad against Palace this weekend.

Injury: Groin.

Expected return date: Crystal Palace (H) – Saturday, January 20

 

Jurrien Timber

Timber suffered a major injury blow on his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest, going down holding his knee. It emerged that Timber’s ACL issue was not as bad as first feared, with his return estimated to be between March and May.

Timber has now returned to individual training on the grass as he steps up his rehabilitation programme.

Injury: ACL

Expected return date: Early 2024