Pablo Mari is well behind schedule for his return after what was said to be a successful visit to a specialist clinic in Spain for his ankle injury.
Arsenal expected Pablo Mari to return to full training by the end of September but the latest update states he will now be back around 3 November, two months late. The defender picked up an injury to his ankle back in June, in Arsenal’s first match of the restart against Manchester City.
Mari had successful surgery on the problem soon afterwards, before working on his recovery at a specialist clinic in Spain. His treatment there was said to be a success and he’s now finishing his rehabilitation back at Arsenal, “continuing outside running and strengthening programme, together with light ball work,” something he’s been doing for around two months according to the club.
The defender hasn’t had the smoothest start to life at Arsenal, initially missing out for fitness reasons after joining the club from his end-of-season holiday in Brazil.
Once he got fit, coronavirus led to the football shutdown. Then came his ankle injury as soon as football returned.
As a result, despite signing in January, Mari has played just 204 minutes for Arsenal and none since they completed his £7.2m permanent signing in the summer.