According to reports, Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, who has been suffering from a calf injury, could return in time to face Everton in Sunday’s final Premier League clash. The French international missed Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Sunderland on Tuesday night but is believed to be on the recovery trail and could be back in training this week in preparation.
Koscielny has been key at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season, making 42 appearances in all competitions. The former Lorient centre-back played in every game in the Champions League and didn’t lose a game in which he stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes. Koscielny has missed four of Arsenal’s last nine league outings but is believed to be making progress behind the scenes.
In his absence, Arsenal have lined up with Nacho Monreal, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi in the three-man defence. Koscielny’s potential return would likely see him replace Nacho Monreal who would be moved to left wing-back in place of Kieran Gibbs. The 31-year-old has a contract with Arsenal until 2020 and remains as important as ever to their chances of success.
Manager Arsene Wenger will want Koscielny getting some game time against Everton so he can build up his match fitness for Arsenal’s forthcoming FA Cup final. Arsenal are 2/5 to win against Everton in Sunday’s Premier League meeting. Will Koscielny be fit to feature?