Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy has turned his attention to returning to full fitness after expressing his eagerness to resume his playing career at the Emirates Stadium.
The France international underwent ankle surgery in September after an awkward fall in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City, with the 29 year old not expected to return to full fitness until December after being ruled out for three months.
In Debuchy's absence, Arsenal have toiled with just five senior defenders to choose from while Laurent Koscielny has also been out with an Achilles problem to swell the selection problems facing manager Arsene Wenger.
But as Debuchy begins the final month of his rehabilitation after going under the knife, the Arsenal full-back has indicated he is on course to return before the end of the year after expressing his excitement at the possibility of playing again.
The former Newcastle United player said: "News #nitrocharge of @adidasFR looking forward to my return to action with !!"
Wenger has recently welcomed back French duo Olivier Giroud and Koscielny – who is in line to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday 26 November – after long injury lay-offs but will now be without Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Wojciech Szczesny.
Wilshere will see a specialist next week to learn the full extent of the ankle ligament damage he suffered in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, while Szczesny's absence is unknown after a back problem suffered in the same game.
Meanwhile, Walcott's return from cruciate knee ligament damage suffered at the start of the year has been stalled by an ankle problem picked up while on international duty with England, which forced him to miss the loss to United and will keep him out for a number of weeks.