Pablo Mari is still on track for a return to training in September after a successful visit to a specialist clinic in Spain for his ankle injury.

Arsenal's Spanish defender Pablo Mari (C) sits on the pitch after picking up an injury during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on June 17, 2020. - The Premier League makes its eagerly anticipated return today after 100 days in lockdown but behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish defender Pablo Mari (C) sits on the pitch after picking up an injury on June 17, 2020. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP)

The Evening Standard reported that Pablo Mari is hoping to return to full training in September, right on schedule. The defender picked up an injury to his ankle back in June, in Arsenal’s first match of the restart.

Mari had successful surgery on the problem soon afterwards, before working on his recovery at a specialist clinic in Spain. His treatment there was a success and he’s now planning to finish his rehabilitation back at Arsenal.

Mari return training: Pablo Mari with Arsenal (Photo via Twitter / PabloMV5)
Pablo Mari with Arsenal (Photo via Twitter / PabloMV5)

All the same, the 26-year-old won’t make it back in time for the start of the new season. The Premier League campaign kicks off on September 12th, which will come too soon. He has already missed Arsenal’s Community Shield win as well.

The defender hasn’t had the smoothest start to life at Arsenal, initially missing out for fitness reasons after joining the club from his end-of-season holiday in Brazil. Once he got fit, coronavirus led to the football shutdown. Then came the injury as soon as football returned.

It sounds like we can expect Mari back in competitive match action by October and you can keep an eye on Arsenal’s injuries here.