Arsenal loanee Stephy Mavididi has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury that will require surgery.
The teenager, on loan at Charlton, was stretchered off at the weekend during the 1-0 defeat to Bury and manager Karl Robinson has now revealed the severity of the injury.
“It’s going to be 14-16 weeks,” Robinson he said via London News Online.
“Hopefully he’ll have an operation by the end of the week, it’s come away from the bone we think. The kid was in tears this morning on the phone to me. The overriding emotion from that was sickening. The kid’s been tremendous for us.
“We wish Stephy the quickest recovery possible. He’s a credit to his family, a credit to Arsenal FC. I’d hope to have him back next year but that’s in the hands of Arsenal.
“I spoke to Ian Wright today and he gave him a phonecall for me to try and gee him up and talk about the injuries he’s had. We’ll do everything possible we can emotionally to support him and get him back on his feet. He’s a tremendous kid and a tremendous talent, it’s a real sickener to all of us.”
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The 18-year-old has been impressing since moving to Robinson’s side in January and almost scored a contender for goal of the season in the 3-3 draw with Rochdale.
The injury is a massive blow, let’s hope for a quick recovery and to see him back in action as soon as possible.