Arsenal defender David Luiz is set to be fit for the side’s Europa League semi-final first leg clash against Villarreal after returning to training today.
The Brazilian is one of the few Arsenal players to have experience of the latter stages of the competition, which he won with Chelsea in 2013.
Luiz has missed the last five weeks of action after requiring minor knee surgery to clear up an issue.
But the former Paris Saint-Germain defender was able to return to first team training on Tuesday and he’ll be hoping to prove his fitness in time to feature against Villarreal, who are managed by former Gunners boss Unai Emery.
Luiz is out of contract at the end of the season and it remains to be seen whether he will be granted a 12-month extension.
The Brazilian is keen to go into coaching after his playing career ends and there’s been speculation that he could take a hybrid role at the Emirates, which would allow him to transition onto the coaching staff.
The Evening Standard claim talks have yet to be opened with Luiz over a new deal but the club are likely to commence them once the season finishes.
Luiz is said to be relaxed about his future at the club and he would be open to rejoining former side Benfica should the Gunners opt against extending his deal.