Unai Emery will soon have club captain Laurent Koscielny available for his side but he is refusing to rush the defender. Koscielny is stepping up his return from an Achilles injury he suffered in the Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in May, and which has kept him out ever since.
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Emery has not ruled out slowly introducing Koscielny back into action, starting with Monday’s Under-23 fixture against Derby, although he does not want to rush him too quickly.
“The process with him is that in this International break, it is to finish training with us every day to start playing, little by little,” he said. “First, our idea is to start with the Under-23s, but also, these two weeks training with us, I am looking at him. He is well, with good performance, good feeling and I think he, today, is close to also play with us.
“But the first idea is, and maybe on Monday, he can play with the 23s. We are going to decide tomorrow the plan with him, but we are thinking for him to start to take minutes.”