In a shocking turn of events, Arsenal forward Stephy Mavididi has sustained a hamstring injury whilst on loan at Charlton Athletic. The youngster trumped off in the second halfof a 3-2 loss to Oxford United on the weekend.
Before he went for an injury scan, the club was hopeful that the 19-year-old would only be out for a maximum of three weeks. However, the results suggested otherwise, and it was revealed that Mavididi would be out until April.
It’s a sad turn eventsfor the youngster as last season he also endured a similar injury that cost him some time. The League One club have now gone onto release an official statement about the situation.
“Stephy Mavididi sustained an injury to his left hamstring during Saturday’s game against Oxford United,” the statement read.
“The injury is the same side as the one he had last season, however, it is in a different place and not an exact repeat of the same injury.”
“He has seen a specialist this week and the rehabilitation will be slightly more prolonged due to his previous injury and at this stage, the tentative timescale has been set at around eight weeks.”
The statement then confirmed that the League One side had been in contact with Arsenal’s medical team.
“Our medical team are currently in close liaison with the medical team at Arsenal regarding his treatment and rehabilitation.”
Charlton manager Karl Robinson has also come out to publicly address the injury.
“We’re still not 100 percent clear yet. We’re hoping to get more clarification from Arsenal in the next 24 hours. It’s a little worse than we thought. But we’ll have to wait and see what it is.”
Robinson further re-iterated that they’re handling the situation with caution and apprehension to ensure they don’t heighten the impact of the injury.
“We have to clarify everything with Arsenal before we decide on timescales. He saw a specialist on Monday night. We’ve got a plan for him, but there are so many different theories behind it, so it would be difficult to give a definite [return] date for him.”
Like we all are, Robinson is feeling sympathetic towards the youngster.
“All of his injuries have come when he’s been off balance. We’re devastated for him, but it’s certainly not as bad as the last injury.”
It’s a shame that the youngster’s picked up this injury as he was just finding his form for Charlton. In four league appearances, Mavididi has already scored 2 goals.
The striker has high hopes of breaking into Arsenal’s first team next season, but with this injury, it’s unlikely that the Gunners would have seen enough development from him in this loan spell.
It’s more likely that Stephy Mavididi will be sent out on loan against next season as this injury won’t fully deter Arsenal from having faith in him. But it’s imperative the youngster makes the most of the limited time he has on the pitch from now on.