Krystian Bielik has had his international break cut short over an ankle injury, and Charlton boss Lee Bowyer fears he could be out for significantly longer.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Reiss Nelson of England gets past the tackle from Krystian Bielik and Patryk Dziczek of Poland during the U21 International Friendly match between England and Poland at Ashton Gate on March 21, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 21: Reiss Nelson of England gets past the tackle from Krystian Bielik and Patryk Dziczek of Poland during the U21 International Friendly match between England and Poland at Ashton Gate on March 21, 2019, in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Bielik picked up a knock in Poland’s u21 match against England, but at the time he received some treatment and carried on with the game. It appears the Arsenal loanee has done himself some damage though, as he’s had to return to his club. Bowyer told the South London Press they’re worried about how long he could be out.

“Krystian is a worry,” Bowyer said. “He came back early after his game. He’s hurt his ankle and we’re not sure how long he is going to be out. He went for a scan. We don’t know how serious it is yet, but it doesn’t look too good.”

Bielik is having a strong season with Charlton, playing 27 games for the club, mostly as a defensive midfielder. However, the 21-year-old continues to suffer from injury problems every single season, and this is his second serious fitness concern of the campaign. He spent over a month on the sidelines after a calf injury he picked up in September.

It was even worse in 2017/18, when he didn’t make a single appearance on loan to Walsall because of his injuries. He only made four u23 starts for Arsenal in that entire season.

Hopefully, the scan will show it’s nothing serious, and Bielik will be back on the pitch before long.

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