Arsenal U23s will have to cope without midfielder Ben Cottrell for the rest of the season.
It was revealed yesterday that Cottrell has suffered an injury that will keep out for the remainder of the campaign, with the 19-year-old having been absent for the 2-2 draw against Southampton.
Cottrell is a key player for Steve Bould’s side, as evidenced by the fact that he had been an ever present this season prior to the Southampton game.
The youngster’s excellent passing and impressive technique will be missed, but Arsenal do have alternative options to call upon.
Miguel Azeez, for instance, is back available after recovering from an injury of his own, while Catalin Cirjan now has an opportunity to fully establish himself in the U23s having been in and out of the starting lineup of late.
Charlie Patino is currently out, but it is hoped that the highly rated prospect will be able to return and make an impact before the conclusion of the campaign.
Arsenal U23s still have much work to do if they are to retain their place in the top tier of Premier League 2. They are currently four points clear of the relegation zone although several of the teams below them have at least one game in hand.