After a little under a month out of action with an injury, Charlie Patino returned to the pitch with Blackpool FC on Wednesday night. The on-loan Arsenal midfielder initially made the bench away to Rotherham United, but he came on in the 66th minute for his first game back.
It wasn’t the best night for Blackpool overall, as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat. Though Patino completed 80% of his passes and one long ball completed from one attempt, he was unable to turn the result around on this occasion.
For the most part, Arsenal’s Brooke Norton-Cuffy had a better night, playing 81 minutes of Rotherham’s win.
But there was some concern for the right-back as he received treatment for a possible injury in the 77th minute. He initially played on, before being substituted four minutes later.
Rotherham boss Paul Warne joked after the match: “Brooke Norton-Cuffy was going down the tunnel after coming off. Then the second goal went in, he heard the roar and he came sprinting back out onto the touchline. I don’t think he’s done his hammy any good!”
It remains to be seen whether Norton-Cuffy’s new issue is anything serious.
As for Patino, it’s great to see him back in action right on schedule.
Blackpool boss Michael Appleton said Patino should be around 10 days away from a return a couple of weeks ago, and the midfielder returned to training 10 days later. Now he’ll hope to rack up some starts.
Patino had impressed in his early cameos before the injury, making a couple of positive Championship substitute appearances and winning the Man of the Match award on his first League Cup start.