Danny Welbeck could be the first of Arsenal’s long-term injury casualties to make a return.

The 24-year-old is yet to play a game so far this season after undergoing surgery on his left knee in August.

However, Welbeck is now able to walk freely as he begins his rehabilitation period.

The former Manchester United striker, who was present at club sponsor Emirates’ 30th anniversary celebration this week, is expected to resume training with the Arsenal squad in less than eight weeks.

“Welbeck at the earliest will be back [at the] beginning of January.” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said

If everything goes as planned, the striker could be joined by Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere – who have also been missing all season – on his return.

“We have two kind of injuries – the injuries who will be coming back after Christmas are Rosicky, Wilshere and Welbeck.” the manager added.

While Wilshere and Welbeck have long-term deals with the club, Rosicky’s contract at Arsenal expires in June 2016.

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