Smith Rowe Set to Make Appearance in Champions League Match Against PSV

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe could potentially make his first appearance since October in the Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old English international returned to full training on Monday after recovering from a knee injury.

Arsenal has advanced to the Round of 16 as Group B winners, and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta might use the PSV game as an opportunity to give Smith Rowe some playing time.

“The more chances we can give him to play, the better we will be,” he said.

Smith Rowe has struggled with injuries and almost missed the entire last season after undergoing groin surgery.

Arteta stated that he’s impressed with how Smith Rowe has responded to his recent setback and supports him to return as an even better player.

“What he has been through is part of the experience that 95% of footballers have to go through,” he added.

“Difficulties, injuries, setbacks, and different kinds of performances too. He’s back now, and he can use that in a very powerful way; he will be a much better player.

“I think he’s on the right path, the way he’s done his rehab. I haven’t seen it like he’s done it this time.”

Bukayo Saka did not travel to the Netherlands, but Arteta stressed that the English winger downplayed injury concerns.

“He is fine,” he added.

“With a few of them, we decided to have another day of recovery just 48 hours before, and he has played a lot of minutes, so it wasn’t worth exposing him.

“We have five or six big injuries, so we are already a bit thin.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s boss said Jurrien Timber’s recovery is going “very well.”

The Dutch defender has not played since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury on his Premier League debut against Nottingham Forest on August 12.z z z z z z z z z z z z z z

“Obviously, he’s going through a really significant injury, but he’s flying, to be fair, at the stage he is right now,” Arteta said.

“The way he works every single day is incredibly satisfying to watch, but unfortunately, we’re going to miss him still for a long time.”

PSV, like Arsenal, has nothing at stake in the game because they have already secured the second-place spot in the group.