Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe hints at injury return date

Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe has, on Saturday, provided an insight into his road to recovery from injury.

Versatile midfielder Smith Rowe, of course, has endured something of a nightmare campaign to date.

Owing to an ongoing groin issue, the 22-year-old has been restricted to a quartet of appearances across all competitions, totalling a measly 48 minutes on the pitch.

Smith Rowe, in turn, ultimately opted to go under the knife late in September, in a bid to solve the problem once and for all.

And now, as alluded to above, the England international - whose injury woes saw his hopes of a spot at the World Cup dashed - has provided a fresh insight into his wellbeing.

Speaking in an interview with Sky on Saturday, Smith Rowe was inevitably asked for an update on his efforts to secure a return to fitness over the months ahead.

This comes after the Hale End youth product made the trip to Dubai with the rest of Mikel Arteta’s squad, in the hope of playing at least some part in Arsenal’s mid-season warm-weather training camp.

And Smith Rowe went on to reveal that he is already ‘back on the pitch’, with his recovery ‘going well’.

As a result, the talented midfielder could well mark his comeback late in December, when the Gunners get their pursuit of Premier League glory back underway in a meeting with West Ham United.

“Hopefully [I’ll be back] by the first game after the World Cup. I’m actually out here doing rehab, today was my day off, I’m back training tomorrow. I’m back on the pitch & stuff, so it’s going well.”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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