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Tino Anjorin suffers broken metatarsal, will return to Chelsea from Lokomotiv Moscow

Tough break

FC Lokomotiv v FC Olympique de Marseille - UEFA Europa League Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In the final days of the summer transfer window, Tino Anjorin arrived with great fanfare and even greater expectations at Lokomotiv Moscow from Chelsea, despite his young age and practically zero senior professional experience — technically only on loan, but seemingly with every intention by the Ralf Rangnick-led Russian Premier League side to make the move permanent before long (with a buy-back for us).

Fate would have slightly different ideas in mind however, it would seem.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder broke a metatarsal in his foot on Wednesday. Lokomotiv head coach Markus Gisdol confirmed the news after their 1-1 draw against Galatasaray last night in the Europa League group stages.

“He broke his metatarsal bone yesterday in training. He will most likely be out for the rest of the (calendar) year and he will go back to Chelsea for treatment.”

-Markus Gisdol; source: TASS

Gisdol added that this is a normal course of action as far as the treatment plan’s concerned, as Anjorin is still just a loanee — though he is expected to return to Lokomotiv in the spring still, after their season resumes following the winter break that runs from mid-December to late-February.

Before last night, Anjorin had featured in all but one of Lokomotiv’s games in all competitions since joining, though starting just 3 of those 9 appearances. He has 1 goal to his name so far.

Speedy recovery, Tino! (And while this may put in a kink in Lokomotiv’s plans, if this means that Chelsea get a second chance, I won’t be complaining.)