Good News: Latest Update on Gabriel Martinelli Return from Injury

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Gabriel picked up a knee injury in training that required surgery, so when do Arsenal expect the Brazilian to return to training and be available for selection?

Gabriel Martinelli last played on 2 March 2020 as Arsenal beat Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park to make the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The 19-year-old started that game and played the full 90 minutes and, in total, he started 15 games in his first season with Arsenal, playing the full 90 12 times.

After the game against Pompey, Martinelli picked up a cartilage problem in his left knee, during training, that required arthroscopic surgery to repair the lesion.

The procedure took place in the last week of June, nearly four months after his injury, indicating the club had hoped to avoid medical intervention.

Gabriel was still in a knee brace at the end of July and was not expected to return to full training until the end of 2020, however he has now joined the main group. He will need time to regain full match fitness meaning it’s unlikely we will see him play for Arsenal before 2021.

Martinelli was receiving daily ‘specialist attention and support’ from Arsenal’s medical team at London Colney and spent some time back home in Brazil during August.

The latest Arsenal update stated, “Gabi has also progressed very well is working well in group sessions and aims to integrate into squad sessions over the next two weeks.” The club have removed the bit that said he was expected back at the end of the year.

Martinelli, if you missed it, has also launched his official Twitter account.

Speaking on TV while home in Brazil, Martinelli said, “On 21st June I got hurt in training and I had surgery and for a month I couldn’t even put my foot on the floor- but for the last week I have been able to. I’ve started to walk again, doing the basics and re-learning how to walk.”

Gabriel Martinelli interview

“I’m feeling very well, I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better,” Martinelli told Arsenal.com in October. “After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine and soon I can start training with the ball.

“I think we have an excellent squad and along with Mikel’s forward thinking and winning mentality we can carry on doing well.

“We are playing well and training well, everyone wants to win and we are all giving everything. I believe this season is very promising. We won trophies last season and I believe we can win this season again and also qualify for the Champions League.”