Albert Sambi Lokonga has revealed he’s facing a couple of months on the sidelines after picking up an injury three weeks into his loan spell at Luton Town.
The Belgium international moved to Kenilworth Road hoping to kick-start his Premier League career after a frustrating two seasons at Arsenal that saw him drop down the pecking order and then, totally out of contention.
There were high expectations when Lokonga joined the Gunners from Anderlecht for £17.5 million but he struggled to replace Thomas Partey as the club’s holding midfielder and never looked comfortable further up the pitch.
In January, he went on loan to Crystal Palace but played only 536 minutes. He returned to London Colney for pre-season training but missed the trip to Germany and subsequent tour of the USA after picking up a knock.
It’s unclear whether this new problem is related but it’ll come as a huge blow to the 23-year-old after he’d started Luton’s last two games.
Taking to Instagram, Lokinga revealed: “I thought it was my time to enjoy playing this beautiful game called football and work hard helping my teammates to reach our goal as a team.
“Unfortunately, an injury came to delay everything. I’ll be focused on my recovery and support the team during that time. See you in a couples of month [sic]. God is good all the time.”
While the Hatters picked up their first point of the season against Wolves, few are expecting them to stay up after a tough start to life in the top tier.
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