Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino, who is currently on loan at Championship side Blackpool, has suffered an injury setback.
THE LOWDOWN: HIGHLY REGARDED
In the 2021/22 season, the youngster played minutes at the senior level for the Gunners and is seen as one of, if not the best talent at the academy, to make a mark at the club in the future.
The midfielder has already caught the eye of many Arsenal fans after scoring on his debut in the Carabao Cup quarter-final victory over Sunderland in December.
In his debut for the Tangerines, Patino was awarded the man of the match award and he is expected to make a mark in their season. Sadly, the 18-year-old suffered an injury setback against QPR, where he had to go off at halftime.
THE LATEST: INJURY SETBACK
Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino will undergo a scan on his ankle after rolling it in Blackpool’s win over QPR.
The midfielder, who managed to finish the opening 45 minutes but was forced off at the break, will know his fate in the coming days.
Fellow loanee Lewis Fiorini, who is at Blackpool after Manchester City let him go for the season, also went off in the game with a hamstring issue.
“It’s not great if I’m being honest,” said Blackpool manager Michael Appleton when speaking about Fiorini and Patino’s injuries.
“We’ll know the full extent over the next 72 hours I would imagine. Lewis has done his hamstring. How badly, we won’t know until it’s been scanned. Charlie’s ankle is quite badly swollen. We’ve got to get the swelling down and then once the swelling is under control we can go and get it scanned.
“We look a little light in midfield now and that worries me a bit.”
THE VERDICT: NOT GOOD
He has started his loan spell at Blackpool impressively and the club will hope any injury is not serious. It is rumoured that Patino might be missing for 12weeks, which is never the best for a player of his age.
Patino is an absolute gem and the lad will definitely make a mark in the Championship. Injuries are part of the game but hopefully, this particular one doesn’t slow down his development.