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Arsenal will miss out on Vieira due to injury ahead of UCL tie

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Fabio Vieira, Arsenal midfielder, aims to be in the squad for the first leg of the Gunners’ last-16 Champions League match. Despite groin surgery in November, he’s progressing well in recovery and nearing full training.

With three months of absence, the 23-year-old is hopeful to return within the next two weeks. His comeback will bolster Arsenal midfield amid recent injury setbacks.

Emile Smith Rowe was absent from Sunday’s victory against West Ham due to an ankle problem. While Thomas Partey continues his recovery from a thigh injury sustained in October.

Arteta felt compelled to include three academy players on the bench last weekend. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Nwaneri was brought on to play the final 15 minutes in midfield.

Major setback for Arsenal as Vieira injury strikes

Before his injury, Vieira played in eight out of Arsenal’s 13 Premier League matches. Meanwhile, he also netted a goal in a 5-0 victory against Sheffield United in October.

In his final league match for the Arsenal team – a 3-1 triumph over Burnley in November – he received a red card. However, he promptly played and scored for the club’s Under-21 team three days later.

Vieira had been experiencing groin discomfort earlier in the season. Initially, it was hoped that the issue could be resolved without surgery.

However, the pain persisted, leading Arsenal and the midfielder to agree that he should undergo surgery at the end of November. Fans will certainly wish for a fast recovery for the talented young Gunner.

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