Former Gunner Krystian Bielik is walking again, three months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a Derby u23 match.

Krystian Bielik with Derby (Photo via Rex Features)
Krystian Bielik with Derby (Photo via Rex Features)

The Athletic report that Bielik is ‘walking normally’ again, a few months after successful surgery on an ACL tear. He’s doing upper-body work in the gym and hopes to return to training during the next campaign’s pre-season.

Back in August, Bielik left Arsenal for Derby County, and things started well. He made 22 appearances in the 2019 half of 2019/20, albeit in a struggling Derby side.

Unfortunately, his spell with his new club then took a nosedive. He picked up a red card against Charlton Athletic on December 30th, ruling him out of the next three matches.

The 22-year-old joined up with the Derby u23s after the ban to keep himself sharp, but he ended up tearing his ACL 18 minutes into the match.

That brought an end to Bielik’s season, a few months before football came to a halt anyway. A small positive for the Polish international is that the Euros are now set for 2021, by which time he might make it back into contention with his country.

For now, he’ll just keep working on his rehabilitation, aiming to help improve Derby’s defences on his return.