Arsene Wenger has been handed better news on the injury front as his side kicks off a potentially decisive month of February.
With Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey injured while Granit Xhaka serves a lengthy suspension after his red card against Burnley, the Gunners’ options in central midfield have been severely reduced.
Those worries were worsened by the news of Mohamed Elneny picking a calf injury last week while on duty with the Egyptian national team.
However, it has now been confirmed that the 24-year-old is back in action after making a swift recovery.
Egypt’s success in reaching the final of the Africa Cup of Nations means Elneny is expected to report back to Arsenal by the middle of this month.
However, there were fears that the former Basel star’s calf problem would keep him on the sidelines beyond the completion of tournament and add to Wenger’s problems in midfield.
According to the Daily Mail, Elneny has returned to training with Egypt ahead of the cup final against Cameroon on Sunday.