Pablo Mari left the pitch injured only few minutes into our first match after the lock down. Reports suggested that he’d be back by September, but the Spaniard is yet to return to the pitch till now.
He is now back in full training, and making good progress, according to the words of Mikel Arteta.
The defender had a setback that has delayed his return and Arteta has explained what happened to the 27 year old and why his return has taken so long.
“He’s looking really good in training,” said Arteta.
“Obviously he had a really difficult surgery, he had a screw [put in] and sometimes when you have an external body inside it can react in an unexpected way.
“It was causing some inflammation and some irritation in the joint all the time and his ankle was swelling, so we had to take that out.
“It was a bit of a setback but he’s been working really hard and looks really good in training.”
When asked if Pablo Mari still has a role to play, following the arrival of high-performing Gabriel.
Arteta responded, “Yes, he does”
“We’ve been hit really hard with some big injuries. Not just Pablo, but Cedric as well. He had two or three different incidents.
“Gabi Martinelli has been out for such a long time. Calum Chambers got injured three weeks after I arrived and still hasn’t played a game, and is still recovering.
“It is what it is. What I can say is that the approach of those players and how they’ve been trying to work to be back to their best has been phenomenal in all cases.
“Let’s hope that we can have them, we can use them, and they can feel part of what we’re doing.”