Arsenal and England are set to be boosted by the news striker Danny Welbeck has been pencilled in to make a return to action from a nine-month knee injury absence on Friday.
The 25-year-old former Manchester United hit-man, who joined the Gunners in summer 2014, has not played for the north Londoners since the 0-0 draw with Chelsea back on April 26 last year.
However Welbeck has been back in full training for a week and, while boss Arsene Wenger vowed not to rush his return to the playing field, it appears the Frenchman will pitch him into the Under-21s clash against Brighton at the club’s London Colney training ground on Friday.
If Welbeck comes through the game unscathed then it will hand Wenger a lift as his side chase their first Premier League title since the 2003-04 campaign.
The forward has scored eight goals in 34 appearances for the side and his involvement for the rest of the season would boost Arsenal’s attacking options after Wenger admitted failing in his efforts to bring in a new striker in the January transfer window.
England boss Roy Hodgson will also be hoping Welbeck can return to full match fitness in the build up to Euro 2016 this summer as he will be a certain inclusion in the squad given that he boasts a record of 14 goals in 34 appearances for his country to date.
England are 1.11 to win Group B at Euro 2016 ahead of Russia, Wales and Slovakia, while Arsenal are 3.75 to win the Premier League title.