Karl Hein has returned to first-team training with Arsenal following the end of his loan spell with Reading, cut short by an injury.

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

Karl Hein moved on loan to Championship Reading in the January transfer window, quickly breaking into their starting lineup to make five appearances in under a month. But his luck turned as it was revealed he’d suffered a finger injury whilst at home.

Reading boss Paul Ince explained that Hein suffered ligament damage and faced six weeks out, and potentially even longer if surgery is required.

In any other position, that injury might not be so serious. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get by with an injured finger as a goalkeeper.

In the end, Hein didn’t make it back to the Reading matchday squad before their final game of the season last week.

The good news is that Hein could be seen taking part in shooting drills with the Arsenal first team on Wednesday, suggesting he’s now back to full fitness.

The timing was unfortunate for the loan, but at least he’ll now play a full part in the pre-season preparations.

Karl Hein with Reading (Photo via ReadingFC.co.uk)
Karl Hein with Reading (Photo via ReadingFC.co.uk)

Having only turned 20 last month with 12 senior international appearances under his belt for Estonia, Hein is certainly a promising goalkeeping talent.

The former Nomme United man has a contract with Arsenal until 2025, and you’d expect him to go on another loan next season.

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