Right back hoping to give Arsene Wenger a late Christmas present.
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Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy says he is hoping to make his return from injury against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.
The defender has been out of action for the Gunners since he badly sprained his ankle against Manchester City in September after landing awkwardly when jumping for the ball.
Giving an update on his situation with with L’Equipe, the French international reveals he has already resumed individual training and is hoping to train with the Arsenal first team next week.
“The goal is to be operational before the end of the year,” he said. “I spent ten weeks off, now it should go pretty fast.”
Debuchy has only started four games for the North London side, all in the Premier League and will have missed 20 games, including all of Arsenal’s Champions League group stage ties, if he makes his return on December 26th.
Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin have provided cover for the 29 year old since his injury occurred, both proving able deputies.
However, Arsene Wenger now faces a crisis at left back with Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal reportedly fighting to be fit for Arsenal’s Premier League game with Southampton on Wednesday.