Blackpool and are facing an anxious wait to learn the full extent of an ankle injury sustained by Charlie Patino in last night’s 1-0 win at QPR.
The Arsenal loanee was impressive in the centre of midfield during his first league start for the Seasiders but could only make it to the break after rolling his right ankle after 15 minutes while pressuring QPR’s Jimmy Dunne.
After the game, manager Michael Appleton couldn’t hide his concern, telling the Press Association:
“We went ahead in the game, we looked comfortable and then the injury to Charlie (Patino) was a big blow because he was having a big influence on the game, he was playing his part.”
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Patino’s injury was exacerbated by a muscular problem sustained by fellow loanee Lewis Fiorini.
Asked for an update on the young duo, Appleton added: “It’s not great if I’m being honest. Obviously we’ll know the full extent over the next 72 hours I’d imagine.
“Lewis has definitely done his hamstring. How badly, we won’t know until it’s been scanned.
“Charlie, his ankle is quite badly swollen and it was badly swollen at half-time, so it’s something we’ve got to control and get the swelling down. Once we’re in a position where the swelling is under control we can go and get it scanned.”
We’re not medical experts, but swelling after a rolled ankle could well mean ankle ligament damage. That he then played on for 30 minutes is also concerning.
Fingers crossed it’s not too bad.