By Will Butcher
Arsenal have received a huge injury boost after Hector Bellerin took part in training on Friday ahead of Saturday’s clash against Hull City.
Bellerin, 21, was pictured training on Friday at Arsenal’s London Colney headquarters after recovering from a head injury that was sustained against Chelsea last weekend.
Arsenal revealed pictures of their first-team stars training on their official website, which included an action shot of Spain international Bellerin in full flow.
Doubts had arisen over Bellerin’s availability after the right-back suffered an elbow to the head from Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso during the Gunners’ 3-1 loss to Antonio Conte’s side.
This week, the former Barcelona youth player has been undergoing constant tests and adhering to protocol implemented by The Football Association in an attempt to declare himself fit.
Now, Arsenal’s number 24 could feature against Marco Silva’s Hull after returning to train with the first team on Friday morning.
The Gunners will be desperate to put a run of two successive defeats behind them, after losses to Watford and Chelsea and the return of Bellerin will come as a boost to boss Arsene Wenger.
Football Insider verdict:
With Hull currently in form and showing plenty of attacking flair under new manager Silva despite their position in the Premier League, Arsenal’s defence will need to be at their best to prevent the Tigers from getting themselves on the score sheet. Bringing Bellerin back into the Gunners side will be crucial in preventing Hull’s unpredictable attacking talent that boasts new signings Kamil Grosicki, Evandro Goebel and Alfred N’Diaye. With Hull likely to get 10 man behind the ball when out of possession, Bellerin’s presence could also prove a huge boost to the Gunners’ attacking prowess as they look to break down the Tigers’ rearguard.
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