Reports in Japan claim Ryo Miyaichi could miss the rest of the season after suffering a bad hamstring injury in Arsenal’s under-21 Premier League Cup semi-final against Reading last week.
The Japanese winger was stretchered from the field on 76 minutes with the scores at 1-1 and in his absence his teammates were downed 3-1 in extra time.
The 21-year-old has suffered a host of fitness problems since signing on at the Emirates in 2011 with early good form on loan at Feyenoord and Bolton overshadowed by two serious injuries at Wigan last season.
While he was a ‘star’ of last summer’s tour of his home country he’s found first team time action hard to come by since August, making only two starts and three substitute appearances in all competitions.
He was also rather embarrasingly taken to Munich for the second-leg of the Gunners Champions League showdown but told he couldn’t sit on the bench because he was in fact ineligble for the competition.
The latest setback also looks likely to draw a line under any residing hopes of featuring for his country in Brazil.
Cheers to @Ryo_Cleverfish for the heads up.