Arsenal loan goalkeeper Tom Smith has suffered another injury setback, dislocating his shoulder in Welling United’s defeat to Oxford City.

Tom Smith with Arsenal (Photo via Smith on Instagram)
Tom Smith with Arsenal (Photo via Smith on Instagram)

Tom Smith had already had an eventful start to his loan spell at Welling United before this weekend.

First, he picked up an injury soon after his friendly debut, and had to wait until mid-September to play a competitive fixture. He returned to action with two penalty saves in a cup win, but Welling United boss Steve Lovell resigned after the next game.

Just as Smith was looking to nail down his spot in the team under new management, he suffered another injury on Saturday.

The goalkeeper dislocated his shoulder making a save in the 51st minute against Oxford City, and an outfield player was forced to replace him after six minutes of treatment.

Smith will obviously need further assessments to establish the extent of the problem, but he may be out for a while if it’s serious.

Kieran Tierney dislocated his shoulder with Arsenal in 2019, and he required three months out. Hopefully, Smith’s problem will prove less serious.

Thanks again to Welling United fan and non-league reporter Mark Doig for his help with this report.