Karl Hein is set to miss two months of action after picking up an injury in the Arsenal u23s match at the weekend, according to a report.

Karl Hein with Arsenal (Photo via Hein on Instagram)
Karl Hein with Arsenal (Photo via Hein on Instagram)

Arsenal Youth report that Karl Hein is set to miss two months with the injury he picked up in the 3-3 draw with Leicester City last Saturday.

Hein and Arthur Okonkwo have been sharing u23 and first-team duties this season so far.

One of them will play in the u23s on a given weekend, whilst the other will join the first-team squad as the emergency third-choice keeper, then they’ll often swap roles for the next match.

That’s allowed both of them to play fairly regularly, whilst also getting the senior matchday experience on a regular basis as well. Hein even made the first-team bench on two occasions.

The injury was a bit of a freak incident, with Hein going down awkwardly as he tried to make a save against Leicester. The timing is also a shame, as it’s going to hinder any potential plans for a January loan move.

Kevin Betsy’s side will have to adapt, particularly with Okonkwo also seemingly out injured at the moment. Ovie Ejeheri joined Mikel Arteta’s goalkeeping group at the weekend, and he could be set for more opportunities now.

Remy Mitchell started for the u23s on Thursday night, and he’s another set to benefit from all the absences ahead of him.