The early signs look good on Charlie Patino’s injury, and he was in attendance for Arsenal’s u21 game on Wednesday night.

Charlie Patino with Blackpool (Photo via Blackpool on Twitter)
Charlie Patino with Blackpool (Photo via Blackpool on Twitter)

Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino is currently on loan with Blackpool, and he picked up an injury rolling his ankle during a game away to QPR on Tuesday.

Charles Watts reports that the early signs for the injury are looking good. He was at Arsenal yesterday and has returned to Blackpool, now set for a short spell on the sidelines but nothing long-term – if the initial assessments are correct.

Daily Cannon understand that Patino stayed down in London after the QPR game before heading to London Colney during the day on Wednesday.

The midfielder then travelled to Meadow Park to watch the Arsenal u21s play Swansea City, before driving back to Blackpool.

That trip to London Colney obviously gave Arsenal an opportunity to do an assessment of their own on Patino, so it’s encouraging that the player doesn’t currently believe the problem is anything too long-term.

Charlie Patino with the Man of the Match award for Blackpool (Photo via Blackpool FC)
Charlie Patino with the Man of the Match award for Blackpool (Photo via Blackpool FC)

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton had initially sparked fears of a more serious lay-off with his post-match comments.

“It’s not great if I’m being honest,” Appleton said.

“Obviously we’ll know the full extent over the next 72 hours I’d imagine…

“Charlie, his ankle is quite badly swollen and it was badly swollen at half-time, so it’s something we’ve got to control and get the swelling down. Once we’re in a position where the swelling is under control we can go and get it scanned.”

There’s still a chance that further assessments could reveal further damage, so we can’t draw any conclusions just yet, but the signs are good for now. We should know more in the coming days.

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