21-year-old Arsenal pictured in a leg brace after a season-ending injury

Tim Akinola via Dundee United

Shortly after completing his January loan move to Dundee United, Tim Akinola suffered an ankle injury in training which forced him to undergo surgery last month.

Posting on his Instagram page on Saturday, Akinola appeared to be working on his recovery with Arsenal, despite still wearing a leg brace at this stage.

Tim Akinola is working on his recovery (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)
Tim Akinola is working on his recovery (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)

Akinola was one of the few youngsters to get his first loan this season, joining Dundee United in Scotland.

Unfortunately, he only made one appearance – a start at St. Johnstone in early February.

After a few months of bench appearances, Akinola suffered the injury in training. Dundee United head coach Tam Courts said at the time:

“He had a practice ground kick and went down to have it scanned with Arsenal. Looks like he had to go down and do rehab there.

“I don’t really think we’ll see him play for us again this season.

“It was a really tough time for him. He played against St Johnstone at a time when we were looking for form and results.

“We changed the formation after that game and started to get a bit more consistency in performance. He struggled to return to the team.

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Tim Akinola with Arsenal U23s (Photo via Akinola on Instagram)

It’s a disappointing end to what started out as a positive season for Akinola.

Playing for Arsenal’s Under-23s, Akinola was part of a strong midfield that propelled Kevin Betsy’s side into contention for the Premier League 2 title.

A good number of that team went on to go on loans, including Akinola, which was probably the best thing for them. But that just didn’t work out for the former Huddersfield youngster at Dundee United.


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