Charlie Patino may well have had an opportunity to feature in Arsenal’s League Cup squad on Tuesday, but he picked up an ankle injury in training.

Charlie Patino with the Arsenal u23s against Crystal Palace (Photo via David Price on Twitter)
Charlie Patino with the Arsenal u23s against Crystal Palace (Photo via David Price on Twitter)

Young Arsenal midfielder Charlie Patino was in training with Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Leeds United, but he ended up suffering an injury during the session.

Football.London report that the midfielder turned his ankle in training and won’t be available for at least two to three weeks now.

As much as that’s a blow for the player, who would surely have relished the opportunity to join up with the senior squad on matchday, it’s also a setback for Kevin Betsy’s u23 side.

Patino has featured in every match for the u23s in the Premier League 2 this season, helping them up to third place in the table and just one point off league leaders Manchester City.

Coincidentally, the first match Patino will now miss through injury is away to Leeds United on Friday. The u23s are travelling to Elland Road for a 19:00 kickoff.

Patino will then also miss the EFL Trophy match against Plymouth Argyle, the Premier League 2 match against Leicester City, and the Premier League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion, though he may have missed those games for international duty anyway.

The bigger disappointment for the youngster will be missing out on that chance to link up with the England u19s again in November.

The earliest realistic return date for Patino is against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League 2 on Monday, November 22nd at 19:00. Betsy will have to make do without him for the four games in between.

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