Bernd Leno was back in training with Arsenal ahead of their match against Leeds United, as he works to return from injury.
As Arsenal took on their final pre-Leeds United training session on Friday, they were joined by recent absentee Bernd Leno.
Leno initially picked up a groin injury ahead of Arsenal’s trip away to Manchester United on December 2nd. He appeared to return to training in the days after that game, but presumably suffered a setback, as he was subsequently absent for a few more matches.
Leno has now missed Arsenal’s last four games, but the good news is that he was back in training again this week.
Given he’s only just making his return to fitness, it’s still possible he won’t quite be ready for the Leeds match.
If that’s the case, you’d expect Arthur Okonkwo to fill in on the bench – as he has done for each of the other matches.
We obviously hope it’s not going to be a big deal either way, as Aaron Ramsdale should start and you ideally never want to be substituting on a goalkeeper.
But this update could be important ahead of next Tuesday. Arsenal face Sunderland in the League Cup quarter-final, a competition where they tend to use their backup goalkeeper.
If Leno were unavailable, it’s possible Arteta could look to put Okonkwo in for a competitive debut. Leno is obviously the safer choice if he’s fit, and it appears he’s now close to fitness again.