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The Brazilian was left in tears after suffering a blow to the ankle before Saturday’s game against Newcastle United
Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Gabriel Martinelli’s ankle injury is not as serious as initially feared and the Brazilian could return to training in the coming days.
Martinelli sprained his ankle during warm-up before Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Newcastle. The 19-year-old was supposed to start the game but had to be replaced in the XI by Reiss Nelson, with Martinelli watching the game from the stands wearing a protective boot.
Gunners chief Mikel Arteta was depressed about the injury when asked for an update after the match, saying the initial signs “didn’t look good” and revealing that the Brazilian was crying as he was being evaluated in the medical room. .
Martinelli only returned to the first team last month after six months out with a knee injury and it was feared he would face another lengthy firing.
However, the scans have revealed no serious damage and the club is hopeful that he will return to training in a few days, which means he could play Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday.
“Gabi sprained his right ankle during the warm-up against Newcastle United on Saturday and was subsequently removed from the starting lineup.” Arsenal said on his club website. “Gabi has progressed very well and we hope that he will train thoroughly with the squad again in the coming days.”
There was more good news on the fitness front for Arsenal with the confirmation that Thomas Partey was fit again after a month out with a thigh injury.
Atlético de Madrid’s summer signing has not appeared since limping out of the North London derby defeat against Tottenham on December 6.
Injuries have limited the Ghana international to just six appearances for the Gunners this season, but he could return against the Eagles on Thursday.
Advocate Gabriel is also available after completing his period of self-isolation following a positive test for coronavirus. The 23-year-old has not appeared since the Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City on December 22, missing out on victories against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom during the festive period.