Mikel Arteta discussed Takehiro Tomiyasu’s fitness in his pre-match news conference before Arsenal’s match against Wolves.
The Japan international has been out of action for some time now, and the Gunners have certainly missed him.
The full-back, on the other hand, has healed and is back in training following the winter break.
Unfortunately, it seems that Tomiyasu is still not 100 percent, and although Arteta claims to have been working hard, the manager concedes that reintegrating the 23-year-old would be difficult.
When questioned about Tomiyasu’s fitness, the manager answered.
“He’s there. He had a recurring injury in the same place so we have to be careful with him but he’s been training hard. Let’s see if he’s available or not,” Arteta said.
Tomiyasu’s greatest chance of starting against Wolves seems to be on the bench.
Yes, he’s a key player, but if he’s suffering from a reoccurring ailment, he should be eased back into action.
Arsenal doesn’t have much insurance at right-back with the departures of Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but with Cedric Soares and Ben White in the team, they should be able to find adequate replacements.
Tomiyasu should make his comeback against Wolves, although he could be better suited starting on the bench.