Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has made a playing return to the club’s under-21 setup after nearly 10 months out, report the Daily Telegraph.
A knee injury picked up in April led to an operation in September for the former Manchester United striker, who has not played since.
However, the England international played 60 minutes in developmental game at the club’s London Colney training base.
During the 3-0 win over Brighton under-21s, the 25-year old played for longer than Gunners chief Arsene Wenger had expected, though was unable to get on the scoresheet.
Speaking about his £16m striker, the Frenchman revealed he hopes to have him back in contention in as little as three weeks.
‘I believe that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first-team’, stated Wenger.
Considering his side have failed to score in their last three outings, it will come as welcome news to the Emirates boss.
Welbeck was also a regular in the national side prior to his ailment, so England coach Roy Hodgson will surely be casting a watchful eye over his situation in North London.