Charlie Patino is hoping to be back from his most recent injury very soon, following a month out of action for the academy midfielder.
After making his first-team debut in December and his first senior Arsenal start in January, Charlie Patino returned to the Arsenal u21s to play in the EFL Trophy quarter-final against Wigan on January 25th.
The midfielder hasn’t featured in any of the u23 squads since then, and Connor Humm reports that the player has picked up an injury.
Patino was involved with the first team on their trip to Dubai, but he hasn’t played in academy matches or appeared in first-team training following the return to North London.
The good news is that Humm adds that Patino expects to be back very soon.
Mika Biereth is another who appears to have picked up an injury, playing 90 minutes against Chelsea on February 4th but missing the three u23 games following that fixture.
That’s been a blow for the side, who had already lost Folarin Balogun to his loan spell, and have named the likes of Nathan Butler-Oyedeji and Amario Cozier-Duberry up front recently – players arguably more comfortable on the wings.
Kevin Betsy will hope for a speedy recovery for the key Arsenal u23 duo, as there’s no denying the quality they bring to the youth side.
The academy are next in action on Friday, March 4th at 19:00 GMT, as the Arsenal u23s take on Tottenham Hotspur.