Arsenal fans have been awaiting news about Jurrien Timber’s return from the ACL injury he sustained last August. Now, there’s cause for optimism.

Manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the promising defender will feature in an upcoming Under-21 match, marking a significant milestone in his comeback.

Jurrien Timber in training with the Arsenal first team (Photo via
Jurrien Timber in training with the Arsenal first team (Photo via

Manager Mikel Arteta confirmed the young star is making significant progress and will play with the Under-21 team in Premier League 2 Division One when they travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers.

“He’s going to play a game with the under-21s and after that, we will see better where he is, how he felt,” Arteta said in his press conference before the game against Wolves this weekend in the Premier League. “He looks really good in training, but it’s that last step now. We need to have the certainty that he’s ready to go.”

ACL recovery: A long road back

ACL injuries are notoriously challenging for footballers. The anterior cruciate ligament is crucial for knee stability, and tears require surgery and months of intensive rehabilitation.

Recovery involves regaining strength, range of motion, and the confidence to perform at full intensity without fear of re-injury.

Jurrien Timber (L) in training with the Arsenal first team (Photo via
Jurrien Timber (L) in training with the Arsenal first team (Photo via

Timber’s work ethic praised

Timber’s twin brother, Quinten Timber, who recently made his Dutch national team debut, spoke about Jurrien’s dedication during recovery. “He has picked it up so positively,” Quinten said. “I can only express my appreciation when I see how hard he is working on his comeback. I am sure he will show his qualities again at Arsenal.”

Versatile defender, flexible options

Arteta views Timber as a valuable asset due to his versatility. “He can play in both positions, right and left full-back, in relation to the game and the players we have available,” the manager noted.

The road ahead

Jurrien Timber‘s upcoming Under-21 appearance is a crucial step in his long journey back. If all goes well, he could feature for the senior team before the season’s end, adding depth and talent to Arsenal’s defence. His positive attitude and relentless work ethic, as noted by his brother Quinten, highlight his determination to return to the pitch stronger than ever