Mikel Arteta has provided an update on the fitness of Jurrien Timber ahead of Arsenal’s upcoming Premier League clash against Sheffield United.

The Netherlands international has been out with a knee injury since the opening game of the league campaign in August, when he damaged his ACL.

Following Timber’s issue, the Gunners have been further hampered by injury problems in the full-back areas. Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Oleksandr Zinchenko have each missed a significant period of the season, and all three are yet to return from their current issues.

Zinchenko and Partey have been assessed at London Colney throughout the week, with Arteta now offering the latest on some potential returns.

“Those ones [Partey, Zinchenko and Tomiyasu] it’s possible, but we’ll have to wait and see. If that’s the case, they might be available on Monday,” he admitted on Thursday when asked about the latest injury news.

With a number of sessions between now and the game at Brammall Lane, the trio could potentially all feature, although a return for Timber is not on the cards.

Earlier this week, he was spotted in team training for the first time in over five months; however, he was not involved in the full session with his teammates. “Sorry, Jurrien is still not close enough to be part of the squad on Monday,” Arteta revealed when asked about the possibility of Timber being involved.

On whether he has been impressed by Timber’s recovery, Arteta added: “Absolutely. It’s been a joy. The physios and medical staff have been impressed with his attitude. Now we have to manage because it’s the last stage of that difficult injury but I think he’s in the right way.”

One player who is expected to be included in the matchday squad, however, is Jesus. The Brazil international was an unused substitute in the dominant 4-1 win against Newcastle, but he has now got more sessions under his belt, with Arteta revealing if he is fit enough to start.

“He’s fit enough. How long he will last that’s very different. We didn’t want to take any risks. We need him fit, and now we want to make sure we load him in the right way.”