Jenkinson returns from nine-month lay-off

After nine months on the sidelines with a cruciate knee injury during his time on loan at West Ham, the full back returned to action for the Under-23s

Carl Jenkinson moved a step closer to his Arsenal return on Friday after completing just over an hour for the club’s Under-23s against Southampton.

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Jenkinson has been on the sidelines since January after sustaining a serious knee injury against Manchester City while on loan with West Ham.

The full-back underwent surgery on his cruciate ligament in February and has been building up to a return to action in recent weeks.

Arsene Wenger had earlier praised the 24-year-old’s attitude.

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Great to see you back out there, @carljenkinson

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“It has been very tough for him because he had the knee and after, the shoulders,” said the Frenchman. “You think it’s endless at that age, you need to be patient.

“He has been patient, resilient and he has a fantastic mentality – he has worked very hard to come back.

“I think he has done extremely well.”

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