Arsenal defender Rob Holding has been stepping up his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
The Gunners’ official Twitter account have shared a video of the centre-back back on the training pitch doing some light fitness work:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 18 April 2019
Supporters are hopeful that this latest update means he will return to first-team action sooner than expected:
What a sight to behold!
— Ekunie PrinceMarcel (@Iamekuniemarcel) 18 April 2019
Rob holdiniiiii is backk
— Alex⚓ (@ClassyXhakalaca) 18 April 2019
— Simpsons Arsenal (@SimpsonsArsenal) 18 April 2019
MAN LIKE ROB HOLDING YA KNA 😍 so good to see him making progress, can’t wait to have him back on the pitch again ❤️
— Al 💋 (@AAAFC69) 18 April 2019
He could be really be our own van dijk🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Young Adz (@damzy98) 18 April 2019
Great news,can’t wait to have him back💪💪
— Sarah Gibbs (@SarahGibbs1969) 18 April 2019
At this rate, he should be back for pre season.
— Emeraldinho ❁ (@Kronsman) 18 April 2019
Holdini is back 💪💪💪
— Will Lane (@Will_Lane14) 18 April 2019
We miss you Rob. This is good news. Keep going.
— Moses Isutsa (@LugaliaAndega) 18 April 2019
He’s better than Cannavaroooo
— 𝕽 (@MateoGuendouzi) 18 April 2019
Holding injured his left anterior knee ligament during the 2-2 draw with Manchester United in December following a collision with Marcus Rashford.
There is, of course, no chance of the player playing again this season. The initial diagnosis at the time was six to nine months of recovery time, which means he should return to full fitness between June and early September.
Arsenal fans will be keeping their fingers crossed he is able to get a full pre-season behind him so he is ready for the start of next campaign.
Prior to his injury, Holding was arguably the Gunners’ best centre-back, and they have certainly felt his absence in the second half of this season.