Brooke Norton-Cuffy appears to be back slightly ahead of schedule, joining up with the Arsenal u23s for their trip away to Leeds United on Friday.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy with the Arsenal academy (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)
Brooke Norton-Cuffy with the Arsenal academy (Photo via Norton-Cuffy on Instagram)

Arsenal Youth report that academy defender Brooke Norton-Cuffy is in the Arsenal u23 squad to face Leeds United in the Premier League 2 on Friday night.

Norton-Cuffy hasn’t played since he picked up a knee injury in August, and he had to have surgery on the problem in mid-September. On the final weekend of the month, Arsenal confirmed in their matchday programme that the defender would miss around six weeks.

Just under five weeks later, it looks like Norton-Cuffy is available for selection again.

The 17-year-old will be returning to a Kevin Betsy system that arguably suits him better than the one he left. Betsy is using wing-backs with a lot of freedom to get forward at the moment, something Norton-Cuffy excels at.

The u23s have had plenty of alternatives to fill in at right-wing-back, in the teenager’s absence. Ryan Alebiosu has made himself a starter recently with some impressive wing-back performances opposite Joel Lopez. There’s also Zak Swanson, and young Reuell Walters.

But Norton-Cuffy has looked an exciting prospect since breaking into the u23s last season, and it will be good to see him back again.

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