Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal.com that Kieran Gibbs was enjoying his peak before he picked up a thigh injury against Liverpool last month.
His injury has left him sidelined for the two previous months and it is not only a blow to him, but also to Arsenal.
Wenger believes that Gibbs will be back within a month, and he hopes that when he returns, he will be stronger than what he was before.
“He is determined to come back as quickly as possible,” the manager said. “He’s a bit down because it was a big blow to him. It happened at the moment he played his best football.
“You always know that to play your best game, the confidence in your body is vital. As long as nothing happens to you, you don’t even question yourself.
“As soon as that happens repeatedly, it’s a problem for a top-level sportsman. I hope he will get over that very quickly. It gets you down. It’s difficult to be injured every time you play at your best.
“This is always a good period to build up the strength of a player – when he is injured. We have some experience in doing that and I am confident he will come back even stronger, but it will take him a while to get his complete confidence back in his body.”