Arsenal have received a fitness boost with the news that Olivier Giroud has returned to training with the club.
The France international had been out of action since August after suffering a broken leg in a 2-2 draw with Everton but has stepped up his recovery in recent weeks and is now back on the training field.
Giroud underwent surgery on August 27 and, speaking back in October, boss Arsene Wenger had tipped the forward to make a quick recovery and return to first-team action sooner than expected.
He told BeIN Sports: "Olivier Giroud is recovering very well. I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation. The operation went perfectly."
An exact return date for the 28-year-old remains unclear although with Wenger having cautiously handled Theo Walcott's return to full fitness, it is unlikely Giroud will be involved against Manchester United on November 22.
It was not all good news for Wenger on the injury front, however, with Mesut Ozil revealing he is still seven weeks away from a return.