According to the Independent, Chuba Akpom could be set for a prolonged period on the sidelines with a back problem, suspected to be a stress fracture.
The 21-year-old striker delivered an impressive performance on the left side of Arsenal’s attack in the 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the EFL Cup but could be out for the rest of the year.
Akpom, who spent last season on loan at Hull City, referenced the problem 10 days after his showing at the City Ground and hasn’t played any football since.
Gutted to be out for a while with this back injury. Ill be back stronger ?? ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/P6h4f9ccgd
— Chuba Akpom (@cakpom) September 30, 2016
The late signing of Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud’s late return from Euro 2016 meant Arsene Wenger opted to keep Akpom at the Emirates rather than send him on loan. The youngster, who enjoyed a prolific pre-season, will now hope to be fit by the new year so that he can garner more regular football in the second half of the season.