Arsenal loanee Tim Akinola has been pictured wearing a leg brace, as he works on his recovery from an injury with Dundee United.

Tim Akinola via Dundee United
Tim Akinola via Dundee United

Not too long after making his January loan move to Dundee United, Tim Akinola picked up an ankle injury in training, which forced him into surgery last month.

Posting on his Instagram page on Saturday, Akinola appeared to be working on his recovery back with Arsenal, though still wearing a leg brace at this stage.

Tim Akinola working on his recovery (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)
Tim Akinola working on his recovery (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)

Akinola was one of a few youngsters to get their first loan move this season, joining Dundee United in Scotland.

Sadly, he made just one appearance – a start away to St. Johnstone in early February.

After a couple of months of mostly making appearances on the bench, Akinola suffered this training injury. Dundee United head coach Tam Courts said at the time:

“He had a training ground knock and went down to get that scanned with Arsenal. It looks like he has had to go down and do rehab there.

“I don’t actually think we’ll see him playing for us again this season.

“It was a really challenging time for him. He played against St Johnstone at a time when we were searching for form and results.

“We changed the formation after that game and started to get a bit more consistency in performance. He found it tough to get back in the team.”

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Tim Akinola with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)

It’s an underwhelming end to what started as a positive season for Akinola.

Playing for the Arsenal u23s, Akinola was part of a strong midfield that thrust Kevin Betsy’s team into contention for the Premier League 2 title.

Quite a few of that team then went out on loans, Akinola included, which was probably the best thing for them. But it just didn’t quite work out for the former Huddersfield youngster at Dundee United.

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