Charlie Patino says he’ll be back soon from the injury problem that has forced him out of action for the last couple of months.

Charlie Patino with the Arsenal u23s at Meadow Park (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Charlie Patino with the Arsenal u23s at Meadow Park (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Writing on his Instagram story over the weekend, Charlie Patino confirmed that he’ll be ‘back soon’ from his injury.

The midfielder has been absent from action with the Arsenal academy since February 19th, when he was forced off at half-time of an u23 match against Manchester City.

The timing of the injury was unfortunate, coming just as he started to step up into the u23 team. Patino started the campaign playing for the u18s, but he made his u23 debut in January and remained with Steve Bould’s side for the following month of fixtures.

Whether he returns for the u18s or the u23s (or both, as he’ll likely play for the u23s in the league and the u18s in the FA Youth Cup), Patino would give either side a boost. He’s been a big miss for the u18s in particular, as they’ve won just two of nine league games in his absence.

Patino signed his first professional contract with Arsenal earlier in the season. He generally plays deep in midfield, where he makes use of his close control and progressive passing to help the team get up the pitch.

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