By Matt Farr

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin claims he could be back in training by the end of the week – and fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight.

The 21-year-old, who is a fans favourite, has been out of action since injuring his ankle during the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on November 6.

However, Bellerin’s recent injury update will come as a major boost to the club.

He told the Metro: “It’s going better than expected because it’s a pretty hard injury but, at the moment, it’s recovering really well.

“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,” he said.

Both Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson have filled in for the injured Bellerin, but neither have proven convincing options for either Arsene Wenger or the Gunners’ fan base.

There are continued doubts over the duo’s ability to replicate Bellerin’s attacking ability, with the Spaniard a constant threat bursting forward.

To make matters worse, Debuchy limped off after just 14 minutes in the game against Bournemouth last weekend, further limiting Wenger’s options at right-back.

Follwing Bellerin’s comments, here are some of the fans’ messages on Twitter:

Games are coming thick and fast for the Gunners during the Christmas period, and Wenger won’t want to rush Bellerin back to soon.

They face Southampton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, before a trip to West Ham just three days later, though the defender is not likely to feature in either game.

Arsenal then travel to Basel for their final Champions League group-stage fixture in a week’s time, followed by Premier League games against Stoke and Everton.

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