Jurrien Timber, Reiss Nelson - Arsenal injury news and return dates for Bournemouth

Jurrien Timber of Arsenal during a training session at Sobha Realty Training Centre on May 03, 2024 in London Colney, England.

Mikel Arteta has received a huge Arsenal injury boost before the Premier League clash with Bournemouth. Jurrien Timber was the only noteworthy senior absentee from the squad named to face Tottenham last weekend with no fresh worries emerging from that North London Derby win.

A victory against their bitter rivals saw Arsenal keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table with just three games to play. Pep Guardiola's side have an extra game still to play with that arriving later this month at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In City's most recent outing, Erling Haaland returned from injury while Ederson was subbed off as a concern. For Arteta though, he is facing a very different injury situation with his pre-Bournemouth press conference revealing a dream scenario has become reality.

With that said, has taken a look at the latest Arsenal injury news before Saturday's visit of Bournemouth to Emirates Stadium.

Jurrien Timber

Timber suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the opening weekend of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest, missing a large chunk of the season. The 22-year-old defender has recently returned to action, with two appearances for the Under-21s in recent weeks.

Finally, after nearly nine months on the sidelines, Timber could make his first-team return against Bournemouth – though a start is very unlikely.

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Speaking on the latest edition of Frimmy's Colney Carpool, Timber was the guest with the defender picked up in a golf buggy after training. Upon being asked if the session was light, Timber promptly replied: "Heavy, heavy, heavy." Considering how his load has been managed in recent weeks, Timber giving such a response suggests a return is imminent.

Later on in the video uploaded to Arsenal's official website, Timber delved into his recovery from the injury. "It's going well to be honest, but it just takes time, you know, this injury, you need to be patient," he said. "Even though it's going really well, I need to do everything step by step."

Injury: Knee.

What Arteta has said: "Yes, everybody is fit and available so now it's the headache to make the right selection. We won’t know that until we throw him [Timber] in there. It’s tricky because there are only three games to go and he has missed eight months of football.

"He’s played only 115 minutes of football with the Under-21s, it’s a question that can only be resolved by throwing him on the pitch and we will see what happens, we have to try to nail that decision when [we take it]."

Potential return date: Bournemouth (H) – May 4.

Reiss Nelson

Nelson was omitted from the matchday squad that faced Tottenham at the weekend. Considering Arteta's latest injury update, it is very likely he was left out simply because there are not enough spots in a matchday squad with so many senior players fit and available.

Injury: N/A.

What Arteta has said: "Yes, everybody is fit and available so now it's the headache to make the right selection."

Potential return date: Bournemouth (H) – May 4.