Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has no concerns over the fitness of Laurent Koscielny following the captain’s long-awaited return from injury.
The Frenchman suffered a ruptured Achilles in May against Atletico Madrid, spending seven months on the sidelines before returning to action last month during the UEFA Europa League tie with Qarabag at the Emirates.
The former France international has gone on to feature in six games in all competitions during a time when the Gunners have been short of centre-backs, but he has struggled with his fitness and he had to pull out of the starting XI for the FA Cup game against Blackpool just minutes before kick-off with a back problem.
Koscielny has trained this week, and is expected to be in the squad that travels to the London Stadium West Ham on Saturday and Emery believes the former Lorient centre-half is slowly getting back to his best.
“We pushed him to play after his injury because we needed him in some matches and it wasn’t easy for him to play three matches in one week,” said Arsenal’s head coach, according to Football.London.
“We pushed him and he was playing three matches in a week, but not 90 minutes in each match. He did that.”
“Little by little Koscielny is feeling better and he can play consistently.”
“I think he is getting better and after one month playing with us, the next matches he is going to be better for playing maybe three matches a week.”