Tomiyasu expected to be back against Porto clash, even completed training with Arsenal


Takehiro Tomiyasu could return to the Arsenal squad for their crunch clash in the Champions League against Porto tonight.

The 25-year-old is yet to feature since returning from the Asian Cup in February due to a calf injury.

Mikel Arteta’s men have fared well in Takehiro Tomiyasu’s absence, with Jakub Kiwior stepping up and putting in some exceptional displays at left-back.

Kiwior is also currently keeping Oleksandr Zinchenko out of the side after the Ukrainian returned to action against Brentford on Saturday.

And after the return of Zinchenko, Arteta could also be boosted by Tomiyasu’s availability against Porto tonight.

Arsenal player Tomiyasu expected to return in squad:

The Evening Standard reports that Tomiyasu could be part of Arsenal’s squad. As they bid to recover from a 1-0 deficit in tonight’s second leg. 

The Japanese defender was involved in yesterday’s training session ahead of the game at the Emirates Stadium.

It’s fair to say that Arteta has been short of options at full-back in recent weeks.

Both Zinchenko and Tomiyasu went sideline. Zinchenko getting 11 minutes under his belt against Brentford and Tomiyasu seemingly closing in on a return. Arteta will once again get well-stock in the positions. 

Due to Kiwior’s exceptional displays in recent weeks, it feels unlikely that Tomiyasu will be rushed back into action.

But having the ‘excellent’ defender back in the squad would be a welcome boost for Arteta ahead of the business end of the campaign.

Tomiyasu was enjoying a run in the side before picking up a calf injury ahead of the Asian Cup.

The Gunners will be bidding to come back from 1-0 down tonight and will need to be at their very best to break down a resilient Porto side.

Arsenal struggled to create clear-cut opportunities in the first leg and fell to a defeat after a late Porto winner.

But we believe Arteta’s men will have too much for the Portuguese giants tonight. Particularly at the Emirates and off the back of an exceptional run of form in the league.

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