Arsenal youth defender Maldini Kacurri is back in training after an injury, in a boost to Jack Wilshere’s side and their FA Youth Cup run.

Maldini Kacurri on his Instagram story
Maldini Kacurri on his Instagram story

Posting on his Instagram story on Monday, Maldini Kacurri wrote that it’s “good to be back” after his recent injury absence, along with a picture of himself back in training.

The 17-year-old centre-back hasn’t played for the Arsenal academy since mid-November, but he was a regular starter for Jack Wilshere’s u18 side at the start of the campaign.

The youngster’s performances at u18 level earned him a number of call-ups for the u21s, and it’s not impossible he plays at that level more often towards the end of the current campaign.

But the primary benefit of Kacurri’s return right now is the upcoming FA Youth Cup trip to Watford.

Arsenal always take the Youth Cup seriously, naming as strong a lineup as possible. So even if Kacurri is in line for a promotion to the u21s, he should still drop back for the cup run.

The next stop on that run is a trip away to Vicarage Road on Monday, February 6th at 19:00.

Maldini Kacurri with Arsenal (Photo via Kacurri on Instagram)
Maldini Kacurri with Arsenal (Photo via Kacurri on Instagram)

Just as in the previous round at St. James’ Park, Watford have decided to host the youth cup at their senior side’s ground, and fans can purchase tickets here.

There’s no dedicated away section for this game, so any available seats will do.

With just under two weeks until that game, Kacurri will hope to have enough time to get up to speed for a start, alongside the likes of Amario Cozier-Duberry, Myles Lewis-Skelly, and Ethan Nwaneri.