Dramatic return: Jurrien Timber scores on under-21 comeback

Jurrien Timber marked his long-awaited return from injury with a stunning goal for Arsenal’s Under-21 side against Blackburn.

Sports Buddy recently reported that Jurrien Timber is on the verge of a return from injury, but Mikel Arteta has dampened speculation about his involvement in the upcoming North London Derby against Tottenham.

The 22-year-old Dutchman had been sidelined for a staggering 254 days after suffering an ACL injury in the opening game of the season. His return, complete with a goal just eight minutes in, left both opponents and teammates in awe.

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Timber had been sidelined for 264 days due to an ACL injury. (Getty)

Jurrien Timber, sporting his usual number 12 despite academy protocol, unleashed a curling shot from the edge of the box that found the net. The quality of the finish hinted at his potential impact on the first team’s title push.

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Tactics and cautious optimism

The first half provided further glimpses of what Timber brings to the table. He began at left back, similar to Oleksandr Zinchenko, but with a tendency to push forward into midfield positions. While this attacking intent is promising, it’s likely to be more restrained under manager Mikel Arteta.

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Timber scores on his return after eight months injury

Timber’s influence continued as he made frequent forays into the box and even had another shot on goal later in the half. However, as the first half wore on, the effects of the long layoff became evident. His pace slowed down, a natural consequence of such a lengthy absence.

A step in the right direction

While Timber’s return and goal are positive signs, it’s important to remain cautious. This was just his first appearance after eight months out. While his talent is undeniable, it’s too early to say when he’ll be fully match fit and ready to slot straight back into the first team.