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BREAKING: Jesus, Timber, Partey – Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Liverpool

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Arsenal have a pretty quick turnaround when it comes to Premier League action this week as they take on league leaders Liverpool.

The Gunners made it back-to-back wins on Tuesday night when they came out as 2-1 winners over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Goals in the second half from Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka put Mikel Arteta’s men in a commanding lead before Taiwo Awoniyi halved the deficit in the dying moments.

That result has drawn Arsenal to within two points of Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s clash against Chelsea tonight (Wednesday). Both clubs will then have their eye on Sunday afternoon’s meeting at the Emirates Stadium.

Ahead of the game against Forest, there had been fitness doubts over Declan Rice, Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Jesus, but all three were able to feature. It proved to be a big boost for Arsenal.

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Can the side expect any more injury boosts ahead of the game against Liverpool? football.london has taken a look at the latest about the injury situation heading into the weekend.
Gabriel Jesus

Injury : Knee

What Arteta has said: “I don’t know [if he’ll be fit],” said the Spaniard following the match vs Forest. “He got hit big time in the last game. His knee reacted and it’s the knee he had [surgery on] before. He was super positive, he’s feeling good and he was so sharp in training. I’m not surprised with the way he played tonight.”

What we know: Jesus played and both scored and assisted in the win over Forest so is expected to play through his current knee problem unless it gets significantly worse.

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Potential return date : N/A
Jurrien Timber

Injury: Knee

What Arteta has said: “There is a possibility [he plays again this season, but at the moment he’s still very far from competing. “That’s the realistic picture of it. Are we hopeful that he could have a realistic impact before the end of the season? If everything goes well, it looks like that might happen. At the moment though it’s too early to make that call.”

What we know: Timber has stepped up to be involved in ball training nad there is a growin sense of optimism that he will be involved before the end of the season.

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Potential return date : Unknown
Thomas Partey

Injury: Thigh

What Arteta has said: “Thomas is not in the squad. It is what it is. You want everybody available and he is a top player for us, a really important player for us. But at the moment he is not fit yet.” Asked if Partey will be back for Liverpool, he added: “We will see. We will see how things evolve and if that’s too short or if he’s okay.”

What we know: Partey has not featured since the game against Manchester City back in October, but has now returned to first-team training. He was unavailable against Forest but is closing in on a return

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Potential return date : Vs Liverpool, Sunday 4 February
Fabio Vieira

Injury : Groin

What Arteta has said: “Yeah we’ve got a problem with him. He’s been having some discomfort. We tried to have some conservative treatment with him. It wasn’t improving so we sent him to see a specialist and the advice was to have an operation in his groin. We expect him to be out for weeks now.”

What we know : He took part in light warm ups during Arsena’s winter camp in Dubai and football.london understands that he is nearing a return.

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Potential return date : February 2024
Takehiro Tomiyasu

Tomiyasu is back fit after suffering a calf problem which kept him out for most of December , but he’s currently on international duty for Japan at the Asian Cup with Japan. The defender could be back as early as next week although he’s expected to be away for longer.

Potential return date : Unknown.
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