That absence has limited him to just four appearances for the U23s this term, but the hope is that he will be fit to feature in the coming weeks.
This could be a really positive thing, not just for the U23s, but for the first team too. Johnson may only have one Premier League appearance to his name, but that came against Manchester City last season, and he equipped himself very well against the Champions. During his making three clearances, a tackle, an interception, and catching opponents offside twice, as per Whoscored. There is no reason why he can’t push on and challenge for first team place in the relatively near future, and that belief will no doubt have been reaffirmed by the fact that Pablo Zabaleta had such a woeful game against Newcastle United on Saturday. The Argentine didn’t make a single tackle as he was ran ragged by Allan Saint-Maximin, as per Whoscored, and based on that, it’s not hard to imagine that his time in east London is surely coming to an end. Johnson could capitalise.