Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is available for selection for today’s game against Watford, the club have confirmed.
The Greek international suffered a dead leg against Everton last weekend and missed the Carabao Cup game against Brentford midweek.
Fans are delighted that Sokratis has recovered so quickly after doubts he would be back to face the Hornets:
Sokratis is a monster! Also noticing the fitness team gets the players back quicker which is a bonus!
— Matthew King (@matthewdking90) 28 September 2018
— Sepet (@Villingus) 28 September 2018
Play Koscielny alongside Sokratis
— Ramy Sleit (@RamySleit) 28 September 2018
Even the injuries are getting better after Wenger is gone!
— Hikmet Saaid (@WengerOUUUT) 28 September 2018
Who has realized that our new medical team gets players back quicker?
— Precious Ueko (@precious_ueko) 28 September 2018
— martin mead (@arsenalman2013) 28 September 2018
Can’t wait for SO KO to play together Brick wall
— ?ÀJÍBÒLÁ® (@star_biola) 28 September 2018
In other injury news, Carl Jenkinson is back in full training, but Emile Smith Rowe has injured his right hip and is being assessed by the medical team.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is now expected back in early October after fracturing his leg, while Konstantinos Mavropanos is set for a return from a groin injury at the end of next month.
Laurent Koscielny still has a bit more time to go before fans will see him back in an Arsenal shirt. He has stepped up his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury, but he isn’t expected to be back to full fitness until November.