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Arsenal loanee returns to London Colney after injury setback

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By Dan Critchlow

Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand scores for the Arsenal u21s (Photo via David Price on Twitter)

Last week, we covered the rumours that Arsenal loanee Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand had suffered an injury setback with Hull City, hence his absence from their recent friendly matches. This has now been confirmed by further reports.

HullLive write that Oulad M’hand has indeed had a setback, and he’s returned to Arsenal to receive treatment at London Colney.

“Salah is a different case because he keeps getting setbacks,” Hull boss Liam Rosenior said. “He’s not played a single minute of football, so it’s a completely different case for him in terms of how we can adapt him to the group.

“Is it best he does his work back with Arsenal and can he be of influence us towards the end of the season?

“They’re all decisions we’ll make as a group of staff, myself included and we’ll see what happens with that. He’s not officially back at Arsenal, but he’s getting his treatment there.

“At the minute, he’s in a position where unfortunately, he keeps getting setbacks so we need his parent club to analyse what they can do and what we can do as medical staff at Hull.”

Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Oulad M'Hand on Instagram)
Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Oulad M’Hand on Instagram)

Of all of Arsenal’s loanees this season, only Oulad M’hand is still yet to play a single minute of competitive football.

Back in October, the midfielder returned from injury to rejoin training with the Hull squad, with reports that he was targeting an on-pitch comeback after the World Cup. That now seems unlikely.

Oulad M’hand joined Arsenal in 2020, completing a free transfer from Feyenoord, but he left the club this summer on loan with an option to buy.

As it stands, with Oulad M’hand still waiting for a chance to show what he can do at Hull, it looks unlikely they’ll activate that option.

Across all competitions for the Arsenal youth teams last season, Salah-Eddine scored six goals and provided five assists. His younger brother Ismail is also on the books with the academy, having joined from Feyenoord at the same time.

Source: Daily Cannon.