Arsenal’s eagerly anticipated Premier League encounter against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium this weekend may witness the return of their £70 million star.
Martin Odegaard has been notably absent for the past three matches due to injury, which also compelled him to opt out of international duty with Norway, prioritizing his recovery.
The Norwegian playmaker’s most recent appearance for The Gunners was as a substitute in the EFL Cup, where Arsenal faced a 3-1 defeat against West Ham United.
Recent reports from The Standard suggest that Odegaard has now received clearance to resume playing.
His absence in the previous three games was attributed to concussion protocols, initiated after he was struck in the face by a ball during training.
In addition to the concussion concern, the 24-year-old has been undergoing management for a hip issue.
The decision was made for Odegaard to remain at Arsenal during the international break, allowing him to work on his recovery alongside other players who were not selected for international duty.
Taking advantage of the weekend off granted by manager Mikel Arteta, Odegaard utilized the time to visit his family and reconnect with his international teammates in Norway.
Subsequently, he returned to Arsenal, intensifying his recovery efforts in preparation for the upcoming clash with Brentford.
While Odegaard’s potential return is a significant boost for Arsenal, there’s also optimism surrounding the return of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.
The prolific forward has been back in full training with his national team and is in contention to feature in their World Cup qualifier against Argentina.
Jesus has been absent from Arsenal’s lineup since October 24 due to a hamstring injury sustained during a 2-1 victory against Sevilla in the Champions League.
As both Odegaard and Jesus make strides in their recovery, Arsenal fans eagerly anticipate their return to the pitch, hopeful for a strengthened squad in the challenges that lie ahead.
The potential inclusion of these key players adds a layer of excitement and optimism to Arsenal’s upcoming fixtures.