George Lewis returned from injury on Thursday to face Brentford B with the Arsenal u23s, after two months out on the sidelines.

George Lewis with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Lewis on Instagram)
George Lewis with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Lewis on Instagram)

The Arsenal u23s faced Brentford B in a behind-closed-doors match on Thursday at London Colney. Though the hosts lost the match 1-0, there’s still some positive news to report in the form of George Lewis’ injury comeback.

27-year-old Saman Ghoddos scored the winning goal, and Brentford report that their goalkeeper also saved a penalty, though they don’t say which Arsenal man took it.

The u23s were without a few of their star players, with Folarin Balogun, Ben Cottrell, and Miguel Azeez all joining the first team in training before their match against Rapid Vienna. But they did have summer signing Lewis back in the team after injury.

Lewis had made a strong first impression at Arsenal. The 20-year-old scored in a friendly against Spurs’ u23 side, then netted against Ipswich Town on his competitive debut in the EFL Trophy. An assist against Brighton capped off a fine September for the newcomer.

However, after just one appearance against Chelsea in October, the winger was forced out of the team with injury. Two months later, he’s finally back in contention for starts again.

The Arsenal academy side have a big game next Tuesday, facing AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy.

Hopefully, Lewis and some of the other summer signings can help fill in for the likes of Balogun and Azeez, who will probably miss out on that game as well. They’ll be preparing for the final Europa League group stage match next Thursday.