“This year started difficult for him. He worked well in pre-season and he was playing in the games," said Emery.
“But then the problem he had along with Sead [Kolasinac] stopped him. After that he was sick for one week and then he lost a lot of training to keep his fitness.
“But in the last two to three weeks he's improved with us in training and I think it's good. I didn't close the possibility for him to play. Because I want him to be OK and ready with being available for training and giving us a good feeling every day. Then he can play.
“My idea is to use every player and he is one. The player can help us. He has very big skills and one quality we will need in the next matches. Really I am happy now how he is improving and training every day. He is one player more in that squad."