Arsenal u23 forward Tyreece John-Jules has returned from injury in time to face Tottenham Hotspur, after a hamstring problem kept him out for just over a month.
John-Jules suffered a hamstring injury during Arsenal u23s’ 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on January 7th. As exclusively revealed by Daily Cannon last month, scans came back with positive results, meaning the striker would only have to miss a few weeks. The estimated return date was the u23s’ North London derby on February 15th.
As expected, John-Jules didn’t quite make it back in time for the last Premier League 2 match against West Ham. However, he played his first minutes back over the weekend, coming off the bench for the u18s. Now he’s tipped to start on Friday night, particularly after Eddie Nketiah travelled with the first team to Belarus on Thursday.
It’s a boost to have the striker back for the derby, considering he scored in the reverse fixture back in August. He has seven goals and four assists in 14 starts overall in 2018/19, as he makes the step up from u18 to u23 football.
There’s lots of competition up front, with Eddie Nketiah as well as u18 strikers Sam Greenwood and Folarin Balogun, who just signed professional terms this week. Hopefully, they’ll all drive each other on to be the best they can be.