By Amir Mir
Hector Bellerin has revealed he hopes to return to the Arsenal training pitch by the end of the week.
The 21-year-old right-back injured his ankle during the 1-1 draw against Tottenham on November 6, after a challenge with Danny Rose during the final moments of the game.
During his absence Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy and Gabriel have filled the void at full-back against Manchester United, Bournemouth in the Premier League and PSG in the Champions League.
Now the Spaniard has revealed how he has felt since the injury and where he stands in terms of a return to action.
“It’s going better than expected because it’s a pretty hard injury but, at the moment, it’s recovering really well,” said Bellerin, as quoted by the Metro.
“I hope to be running by the end of this week or the beginning of next week and then we’ll just take it from there.”
Bellerin has played 14 Premier League and Champions League games for Arsene Wenger’s side this term, assisting one goal.
Prior to his injury, he had started all 11 games for the north London club in the Premier League, helping them pick up seven wins, including thrashing London rivals Chelsea 3-0 on home soil.
Wenger’s side have a hectic fixture list coming up, starting with an EFL Cup clash against Southampton on Wednesday, three days later they travel to West Ham, then they take on Basel in a Champions League fixture next Tuesday, before hosting Stoke on December 10.
The Spain international also signed a new six-and-a-half-year contract at the club last Monday, ending speculation about his future.
In other Arsenal team news, Thierry Henry has explained why Mesut Ozil has been below par for the Gunners.