Krystian Bielik has picked up a shoulder injury that is likely to rule him out of a loan move away from Arsenal.
Bielik had been a rumoured target of multiple clubs throughout the window, but hadn’t yet managed to finalise a deal with any of them. Now Goal is reporting that the Polish 19-year-old has injured his shoulder and will be out for two months, which they say means he will remain at Arsenal this season.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 25, 2017
This news was confirmed by Twitter user Nick, who tweeted that Bielik had his arm in a brace as he watched Friday’s match against the Liverpool u23s. As a result, Marcus McGuane, who generally plays in midfield, had to fill in at centre-back on the night.
@jeorgebird just seen Bielik with his arm in a brace. Must be injured.
— Nick K (@Blk104NorthBank) August 25, 2017
This could be a concern for the u23 side, as Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have both made enough appearances for the senior sides that their u23 matches will probably be limited, and with Ben Sheaf also out injured, there is a bit of a centre-back crisis.
However, it’s also disappointing news for the player and the senior side, who both would have been better off if Bielik could get some more experience of senior football.
The one upside is that with Gabriel already departing, and even Shkodran Mustafi’s future looking uncertain, Bielik may yet be needed by the first-team in the winter months when he returns.
We wish Krystian well with his recovery.