Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is scheduled to play for the first time since nine months tomorrow as he continues his road to recovery from a lengthy injury.
The former Manchester United striker could be involved in Arsenal’s Under-21 Premier League match with Brighton and Hove Albion at the club’s London Colney training ground.
It would be his first match for Arsenal since the 0-0 draw with Chelsea back on April 26 last year.
The manager spoke last week about Welbeck having to make ‘small steps’ in his recovery and added in his programme notes this would involve getting valuable minutes with the Under-21 side.
‘Danny Welbeck is stepping up his rehabilitation,’ Wenger wrote ahead of his side’s draw with Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.
‘We have to remember that he has not played since April 2015 and will need a game with the Under-21s, where we can monitor him and leave him free to play at his level of commitment. That looks to be very soon, maybe this week.’
Welbeck made 34 appearances in his debut season for Arsenal in 2014-15 with eight goals to his credit.