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Jenkinson closing in on Arsenal return

Carl Jenkinson admits his recent injury was a shame but is now looking to return to the Arsenal first team now he is fit again.

The 20-year old full-back suffered stress fractures in his back in early November and has not featured at all in the last three or so months although he could again be available very soon.

Jenkinson is hoping to get back to form as quickly as possible to again come up with the impressive performances he produced prior to being stricken.

"Overall I felt the injury was a shame really because I was really getting into my stride before I got injured," he told Arsenal.com.

"I was gutted about that but I am almost back now and I am just looking forward to showing people what I can do to impress in an Arsenal shirt.

"It's been strange because I got my chance at Charlton because of an injury. The first-choice right back at Charlton at the time was a lot older than me, he got injured and I took my chance.

"Now I've experienced the other side and it has been a bit of a nightmare, knowing I would have probably got an awful lot of chances in that time.

"Every time I pull on an Arsenal shirt it's an honour and to think that I have probably missed out on a good 10 games that I could have played in has just been frustrating. But at the same time it's enabled me to take a step back and watch and learn.

"I have had different experiences with injuries but I am close to fitness now so hopefully the future will be brighter."

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