Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that club captain and central defender Laurent Koscielny has returned to training following a ruptured Achilles tendon injury Frenchman suffered towards the end of the last term.
France international suffered the injury in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second leg against La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, which resulted in the 33-year-old star missing the World Cup.
Laurent looked set to be included in Didier Deschamps’ squad, with the centre-back making over 200 appearances for Gunners since joining from Lorient in 2010.
Talking to the club’s website, Emery gave a positive update on Laurent’s condition, confirming the experienced defender is back in and around the senior-team training setup.
“He is very important for us because he is our captain. He is starting this week to do some training with us together and it is very, very good news for us.”
“I think we need also to give confidence to him, to be close with us, because it was a big injury. But now he is getting better, he is training with us in some things and this is very positive.”