Arsenal owner defender Konstantinos Mavropanos is set to return in three to five weeks after undergoing surgery on a meniscus injury.
The Greek centre back is currently on loan with German side Stuttgart, where Arsenal have sent him this season to get much-needed game time.
However, things have not gone to plan for him so far, with him managing just one appearance thus far as injuries have limited his playing time.
He had expected to be out until the New Year at least after tearing his meniscus, with that timeframe seen as ‘realistic’ in reports last week.
There is now positive news on that front, though. Echo24 report that the Arsenal man successfully underwent surgery this week after picking up the injury against Freiburg.
He is now expected to return much sooner than initial reports had indicated, with Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo commenting that ‘the meniscus was just smoothed’ and adding that he can play again ‘in three to five weeks’.
That will come as a significant plus for Stuttgart, who had planned to have the defender in the heart of their defence this summer, but also Arsenal, who were hoping he’d get plenty of playing time under his belt in the Bundesliga.