Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles is reportedly close to a return to training as he continues to recover from a broken leg.

The London Evening Standard reports that the versatile youngster is set to hand Unai Emery a big fitness boost.

The report claims that Maitland-Niles is expected to return to full training next month after suffering his injury against Manchester City in the Gunners’ first game of the season.

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It had been expected that Maitland-Niles would be ruled out up until November, but the youngster is way ahead of schedule.

His return will be a huge boost to Emery, who had been hoping to utilise at left-back.

With Sead Kolasinac also on the sidelines, Nacho Monreal has been the club’s only fit senior left-back for the new Gunners boss to call upon.

He was one of the youngsters tipped to break into the Arsenal side and nail down a place under Emery.