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Manager confirms Arsenal blow as attacker ruled out for the season

By Harvey Byrne

Charlton boss Karl Robinson has confirmed that attacker Stephy Mavididi has returned to Arsenal after suffering an injury which has ruled him out for “14-16 weeks.”

The 18-year-old striker made the loan switch across London on the January transfer deadline-day until the end of the season.

However, the young starlet featured just five times for Robinson’s team before being forced off the pitch in the 1-0 defeat against Bury on Saturday.

It has now been confirmed by the Addicks manager that the teenager is set to sit out for the rest of the season and he has rejoined parent club Arsenal.

“He saw a specialist last night and he’s set for an operation at the start of next week, but it will keep him out for between 14-16 weeks,” told Robinson to the official Charlton website.

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“He’s been in tears which is sickening because he’s been tremendous for us and we wish him all the best.

“He’a been a credit to his family and to Arsenal FC and we’d love to have him back next year.”

This will come as a blow to Arsenal, who have a good history of handing young players opportunities in their first team and they would have been eager to see what Mavididi could have done at Charlton.

The young forward was a frequent member of the Gunners’ youth team and played in 17 matches in both the Premier League Two and UEFA Youth League competitions before his move, bringing a return of eight goals.

The youngster will now be looking to put this injury past him as soon as possible with the goal of breaking into the Arsenal first team still firmly in his mind.

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