Chuba Akpom was missing from Arsenal’s Champions League squad on Wednesday night and nobody said much about it.

Imagine our surprise when on Friday it was revealed that he will be out for an unspecified amount of time with a back injury.

Of course, it wasn’t Arsenal who gave the update, that would be too straightforward. No, the first reports came via London-based ESPN journalist, Mattias Karén, who tweeted:

This was followed up by the player himself taking to social media, this time Instagram, to say,

Gutted to be out for a while with this back injury. Ill be back stronger

A photo posted by Chuba Akpom (@cakpom) on

Of course, his use of the phrase ‘a while’ is what is most concerning here, as is Arsenal’s silence on the matter.

They disappear players at London Colney, you know.