William Saliba is back in training with Saint-Etienne after the metatarsal injury he picked up with his loan club in November.

William Saliba back in training via ASSE
William Saliba in training via ASSE

Saliba last played for Saint-Etienne at the start of November, in a 1-0 win over AS Monaco. Despite completing the 90 minutes, Saliba picked up an injury in the match ruling him out from then until now.

The media produced mixed reports on the problem at the time. First, it was a metatarsal injury sidelining him for a couple of weeks. Then just a ‘small tear’, and in the end, the centre-back missed a month and a half.

He’s back in training now though. Saint-Etienne confirmed the news on their Twitter account.

After his adductor issue at the start of the campaign, Saliba’s injury record is a little worrying at this stage. His main aim for the remainder of the season should be to just try and stay fit and play as much as possible.

If he can’t get regular game time, Arsenal may need to loan him out again next season. It’s not what the fans want to hear, but Saliba is still just 18. He needs the match practice.

For a compilation of Saliba’s latest performance against Monaco, click here.