Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could be set for a huge injury boost ahead of the club’s trip to face FC Porto in the Champions League next week.

Arteta’s side have been very unfortunate with injuries so far this season. As well as the long-term issues suffered by Jurrien Timber and Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus has also missed so much football.

Jesus has sparkled when available in the Champions League this season, and will surely be crucial to any chances Arsenal have of winning the competition.

That being said, Arteta may welcome back a different Arsenal player from long-term injury next week.

Quite timely, Fabio Vieira could return for the tie against FC Porto, having missed three months with a groin injury.

That’s according to The Standard who shared the update today.

Vieira was spotted back in training a short while ago, but now seems ready to fully participate in sessions once again.

Of course, is it interesting to consider what role Vieira will fulfil for Arsenal when he returns, given he’s not always taken his chances. It’s safe to say Vieira’s move hasn’t quite panned out as expected yet.

Both Edu Gaspar and Arteta seemed convinced that they had pinched one of Europe’s next big stars when the Portuguese maestro arrived in 2022.

And yet, we haven’t seen the consistency to match his ‘special’ attributes.

That being said, it does now feel as if Arsenal’s project is moving in the right direction for Vieria to have a bigger role.

As we saw in some brilliant cameos earlier this season, the number eight position in Arteta’s midfield does seem primed for Vieira – who can decide games.

His injury did prove very untimely last year, coming at a time when he looked like he was ready to take more responsibility. But Arsenal fans should trust that Arteta has a plan for Vieira, and he’ll be delighted to have him back from injury.

Perhaps the midfielder will be treated like a luxury player, in a similar vein to Emile Smith Rowe, but he’ll still have an important role to play.