may witness Kierran Gibbs back in action by the middle of this month.

The Englishman has been missing since limping off after just 37 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on January 30, but he is now improving in rehabilitation for his thigh strain and likely to be back for the run-in to Arsenal’s campaign.

The 23-year-old was initially expected to remain on the sidelines for just three weeks, but scans on the next morning after the Liverpool match revealed that Gibbs would need at least six weeks to recover.

It was a thigh injury so severe that it prompted the addition of Nacho Monreal on transfer deadline day, but with the Spaniard ineligible to play in the Champions League and Andre Santos’ sub-par form forcing a loan move back to Brazil, the Gunners will be missing an orthodox left-back in the visit to Bayern Munich a week from this coming Wednesday.

Gibbs is expected to resume some casual training by the end of this week and if all goes well, the fullback could make the squad for March 16’s trip to Swansea City at the Liberty stadium where he netted a sublime goal in the FA cup at the start of the new year.

Injuries have not hindered Arsenal this season as much as they have in recent campaigns. Indeed, Bacary Sagna, who will be deputized by Carl Jenkison on Sunday, and Abou Diaby – set set for a pre-match fitness test tomorrow morning – are the only injury concerns for Arsene Wenger apart from Kierran Gibbs at the moment.

For the players who will be available for selection, here is the preferable line-up for the clash at White Hart Lane.

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