Carl Jenkinson edges closer to Arsenal first-team return

The young full-back, who hasn’t featured for the Gunners since November, looks to be firmly on the comeback trail after been named in the reserve squad to face Norwich on Tuesday

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is nearing a return to first-team action after nearly three months out with injury.

The 20-year-old has not played for Arsene Wenger’s side since sustaining a back injury in the Premier League win over West Brom on November 5.

According to the club's official website, the former Charlton full-back has been named in the reserve squad to face Norwich at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening, having worked his way back to fitness in training over recent weeks.

The news will undoubtedly delight his boss, who has seen his side plagued with injuries to his defence throughout the current campaign.

Kieran Gibbs has been absent since October after damaging his foot, whilst Andre Santos, Per Mertersacker and Laurent Koscielny also long-term absentees.

With Jenkinson’s return seemingly imminent, and French international Bacary Sagna also having returned to action in the New Year, it seems that the Gunners’ injury crisis seems to be abetting.

Wenger has chosen to send a strong squad for the reserve clash at Carrow Road, with Andrey Arshavin, Yossi Benayoun and Park Chu-Young all making the trip to Norfolk.

Marouane Chamakh is also likely to be involved, with the Moroccan forward having only recently returned from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.