Gunners combative midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who is currently on loan with Wolves, was taken to hospital with a serious looking eye injury, which lead to eight minutes of stoppage, during the 3-2 defeat by Aston Villa.
The 20-year-old loanee was struck by the boot of Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov’s as he attempted a diving header, and the Ghanian midfielder required extensive treatment before he had to be stretchered off in the second half.
A statement on Wolves’ website read:
An initial examination revealed no head or spinal problems
However, he has a severe swelling around his eye and will need further examination to discover the extent of the problem.
Emmanuel Frimpong later returned to Molineux and added:
I can’t remember too much about it to be honest.
I remember heading the ball and, from what I heard, I then got a kick in the face. We’ll just have to give it a couple of days and wait for it to settle down.
Frimpong provided an impressive performance before his injury and claimed a sumptuous assist for Wolves’ first goal. As the Dench CEO stated he will have to wait for the swelling to subside before a time frame is set for his recovery but he will undergo further assessment on the eye injury this afternoon.
This is unfortunate for the midfield brute who was starting to gain some momentum for Mick McCarthy’s side, making his third appearance since is early January loan move, and he will want to return to action as soon as possible.