Arsenal loanee Harry Clarke had a strong game for Oldham Athletic on Monday, providing an assist against Crawley Town, but he came off with a knock.

Harry Clarke of Oldham Athletic warms up before the Sky Bet Championship behind closed doors match between Millwall and Middlesbrough at The Den, London, England on 20 March 2021. Copyright: Vince Mignott
Harry Clarke of Oldham Athletic warms up before the Sky Bet Championship behind closed doors match between Millwall and Middlesbrough at The Den, London, England on 20 March 2021. Copyright: Vince Mignott

Making the starting lineup to face Crawley Town in Oldham Athletic’s bank holiday fixture on Monday, Harry Clarke helped his team into a 3-0 lead.

Playing at centre-back as usual, Clarke made three clearances, two interceptions, and one tackle to help maintain their clean sheet, as well as winning six of his eight individual duels. But his best moment was on the ball, early in the second half.

Picking up possession well inside his own half, Clarke arrowed a long ball down the pitch in behind the opposition defence for Conor McAleny, who finished the chance clinically for 3-0. You can watch the goal here from 0:48.

With the game effectively wrapped up, it was disappointing for Clarke that he was forced off in the 72nd minute with an injury. There’s no word yet on whether it’s anything serious, but it’s Clarke’s third injury since the start of March.

That’s frustrating for the 20-year-old, who has otherwise been one of Oldham Athletic’s regular starters. The Arsenal loanee is up to 30 appearances for the League Two side, putting himself in a good position for another good loan next season.

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