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Calum Chambers suffers stress fracture

Hollister Cal will miss some time while on loan

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Calum Chambers has suffered a stress fracture in his foot, according to Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka. The Boro manager, speaking ahead of his team’s FA Cup tie with Accrington Stanley, said that Chambers could be out for as short a period as two weeks or as long as four weeks, with the loanee working to be “as fit as possible.”

Chambers has started 17 times for Boro, after only starting twice for Arsenal last season. His loan move has so far saying, with Karanka praising him:

He has a lot of good things. He is good with the ball, he’s strong in the air, sometimes he may look as if he’s not aggressive or strong, but he is really strong and he’s using that experience to play.

I’ve no doubt that he can play at Arsenal. For me, he’s a really good central defender.

He can play as a right-back as when you’re a good player you can play in different positions, but for me now he’s better as a central defender and he can improve in that position.

With Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in their 30s, there’s a real chance for Chambers to stake a claim once he returns to Arsenal. Hopefully, his injury is not serious and he continues to play week in, week out for Middlesbrough.