Charlie Patino has made his return to the training pitches following his recent injury, with a competitive comeback now on the cards.
The young midfielder wrote that it’s “good to be back” and that he’s “ready to kick on now”, along with the above photo of himself in training.
After making his first-team debut in December and his first senior Arsenal start in January, 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 youth squads since then, and Connor Humm reported that the player had picked up an injury.
Patino was involved with the first team on their trip to Dubai, but he hasn’t played or appeared in first-team training following the return to North London. He’s now spent well over a month out of action.
It looks like it won’t be too long until he’s playing again now.
The Premier League Cup knockout match against Middlesbrough on Wednesday is likely to come too soon, but the Arsenal u23s have a couple more Premier League 2 fixtures before the March international break, so we’ll see if he makes it back for those.
If not, Arsenal have a very tasty u23 fixture against league-leaders Manchester City planned at the Emirates Stadium on April 4th.