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Arsenal’s Charlie Patino was forced off at half-time on his full debut for Blackpool due to ankle injury, as the Seasdiers secured a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the Championship. 

The 18-year-old left Arsenal on loan earlier this month to link up with Michael Appleton’s team on a season-long loan.

Patino has already become the fan favorite after joining the Championship outfit Blackpool on a season-long loan from Arsenal.

Patino – regarded as one of the Gunners’ brightest talents produced by their famous Hale End academy in recent years – the midfielder showed glimpses of his potential on Tuesday.

Charlie Patino first half stats against QPR. (credit: sofascore)

But, his first Championship start for blackpool was cut short by a nasty ankle injury which he picked up before the half-time.

Patino ankle injury

Patino rolled his ankle in what looks like nasty injury.

  • Video: Charlie Patino ankle injury. 

Blackpool’s coach Appleton provides update on Charlie Patino ankle injury. 

Speaking after the match, Blackpool coach Appleton provided a concerning post-match update on his starlet’s injury. “The injury to Charlie was a big blow because he was having a big influence on the game, he was playing his part,” the Seasiders boss began in his post-match press conference. “It’s not great if I’m being honest.”

“Obviously we’ll know the full extent over the next 72 hours I’d imagine… 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.”

Arsenal fans will be hoping for good news on Patino’s situation, with Mikel Arteta having tipped him for big things after the starlet scored just 10 minutes into his Gunners first-team debut in a League Cup quarter-final against Sunderland last December.

“[The fans] heard about him and know what he can become and now we have to cook him slowly,” Arteta explained.

“[Too much hype around him] is what we have to avoid. He still has a lot of competition in front of him. He is really young. And he needs to go step by step. Today he was lucky, he got the opportunity and he took it really well.”

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