Right after winning his place in the team, Runar Alex Runarsson looks set for at least a game or two on the sidelines with a head injury.
After joining OH Leuven from Arsenal on loan, Runar Alex Runarsson had to wait for his chance in the team. He only made his debut on October 27th, and he didn’t appear in a league fixture until November 26th.
After that, the goalkeeper finally won his spot, making five starts in five games in all competitions. But it looks like that run has come to an early end.
Runarsson’s latest start was against Club Brugge, but he was withdrawn before half-time with a head injury.
The 26-year-old dived in at the feet of Noa Lang, and the forward’s knee collided with Runarsson’s head at full speed.
The Iceland international was treated on the field, but he remained groggy, and he was withdrawn to be taken to hospital.
Runarsson is the third of Arsenal’s three loan goalkeepers to pick up an injury, with Dejan Iliev and Tom Smith already medium-term absentees.
Iliev and Smith haven’t played since October 2nd, both coincidentally beginning their spells out on the same day.
Runarsson now joins the list, and it’s not a great time for him to do so. Leuven play Standard Liege on Sunday, and Brugge again on Thursday in the Belgian Cup quarter-final.
It seems unlikely the Arsenal goalkeeper features in those matches.