Arsenal u23 players Jordan McEneff and Zak Swanson have both returned to light training as they work their way back from injury.

Jordan McEneff with Arsenal (Photo via McEneff on Instagram)
Jordan McEneff with Arsenal (Photo via McEneff on Instagram)

Arsenal Youth report that Jordan McEneff and Zak Swanson returned to light training this week.

McEneff hasn’t played since he was forced off in the first 5 minutes against the Liverpool u23s in October, whilst Swanson returned early from his loan spell with MVV Maastricht in late 2020, before undergoing surgery in January.

Arsenal still have both players in their long-term plans going forward, so they’ll be pleased to see them back.

The club chose to extend McEneff’s contract even while he was injured, with the deal due to expire this summer. They hoped to give him time to recover properly, and the player’s representatives confirmed as much on their Instagram page in March.

“With his contract due to expire this Summer, Per and Arsenal have moved to extend Jordan’s deal to give him time to get physically right,” Integrity Sports Ltd. wrote. “Such duty of care and general kindness is rarely seen in the business of elite sport.

“Whether Jordan goes onto become a first-team player at the Emirates in the short term or not, Arsenal have shown incredible class to look after the best interests of a young player that has huge potential.”

As for Swanson, reports suggest Arsenal are looking to tie him down to a new contract lasting until 2024. So despite the struggles on loan and subsequent injury, they definitely still see a future for him.

The pair are unlikely to feature in the current academy campaign, with less than two weeks until the final scheduled game of the Premier League 2 season. But in a way, that keeps the pressure off as they focus on recovering in their own time.