Krystian Bielik has suffered a shoulder injury in training with Charlton, and he requested to be left out of their recent game against Scunthorpe as a precaution.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 21: Krystian Bielik of Poland and Reiss Nelson of England share a joke after 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’s performances this season have been very good, on loan with Charlton Athletic, but his appearances have been typically inconsistent as a result of injuries.

From mid-October to mid-February he featured in every league game, proving it’s not a fitness issue, but he picks up so many little injuries each campaign. In the last two months, he hasn’t played more than two games in a row without needing to miss the next with a new problem.

The latest is a shoulder injury, with Charlton manager Lee Bowyer confirming the Arsenal loanee ‘fell a bit funny’ in training. The 21-year-old was then in a bit of pain when the doctors checked him out, and the player himself asked if he could miss the game to avoid the risk of anything more serious.

Bowyer recalled: “He came to see me and said ‘I’d rather not play. I want to play but I don’t want to risk it.’ He dislocated his other shoulder last season and he said ‘I’d rather not.’ It made sense to me. So, we had to adjust it (the team) at quarter past one.”

It wasn’t a major problem for Charlton, who won 4-0 anyway. Unfortunately, it’s very unlikely the final two games of the regular season will see Bielik’s loan side rise any higher than their current position in fifth. The Poland u21 international may as well take his time recovering ahead of the playoffs.