Laurent Koscielny latest: Arsenal boss Unai Emery sets date for injury return

Unai Emery has claimed Laurent Koscielny could return to Arsenal’s matchday squad for Saturday’s clash against Huddersfield and is likely to make his first start in seven months against Qarabag next week.

The 33-year-old has been sidelined since tearing the Achilles tendon in his right leg against Atletico Madrid in May but has twice featured for the Gunners’ Under-23 side, including an 80-minute outing on Tuesday in which he appeared to limp off with a fitness problem.

However, Emery claimed Koscielny is set to step up his comeback this week and said: “We are on a gradual way with him. He’s played two matches with the under-23s. He played 80 minutes on Tuesday and our plan is that he can maybe be with us in the 18 on Saturday. Maybe he can play against Qarabag in the Europa League. He’s working with us with very big performances every day in training. He’s playing for the Under-23s with a good feeling. The next step is for him to be with us.”

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