Reading loses Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein on loan after he suffered a serious injury

The Royals are fighting to stay in the Championship but have suffered a blow following a strange injury to 19-year-old Hein, who has impressed in five appearances for the club.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein is expected to miss the rest of the season after picking up a serious injury while at home.

Estonian players participate Championship who struggled Reading in January with a loan deal in the second half of the season.

But after just five appearances for his interim bosses, his season will come to an end soon – after a defeat at home.

Reading interim manager Paul Ince gave an update on the 19-year-old, who was absent for the team’s 4-1 defeat of Blackpool on Saturday.

Ince said: “He (Hein) fell in the house and broke the ligament in his thumb.

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Arsenal’s Karl Hein played only five games on loan for Reading before sustaining a serious injury

“So they’re talking four to six weeks if he doesn’t need surgery, or two months if he does.”

The Royals took seven points from Hein’s five games in goal, keeping a clean sheet in one.

It is yet another blow for the Berkshire side, who brought in former England captain Ince to replace Veljko Paunović earlier this month.

They beat Birmingham City in their first game of Ince charge last Tuesday but crashed to Earth again with a resounding defeat at Bloomfield Road despite taking the lead.

Blackpool’s Gary Madine celebrates scoring one of his four goals for his side against a poor Reading

The loss – to one of his old clubs – means Ince’s new side are just six points from relegation to the Championship following Barnsley’s win over Middlesbrough.

Ince said: “We conceded early and you think it’s great, but we conceded the first goal, really, really bad. errors.

“I told the players before the game we knew what was going to happen at Blackpool so there were no surprises.

“We conceded a silly goal, started unmarked and before you knew it it was 1-1 and it changed the game.

“I told the players at half-time that we were still playing, and if we conceded the second goal, I would think we would win the game. We started the half-time. two very good.

“In the last 10 minutes we opened up the game, but in the first 25 minutes of the second half, a lot of positive things came out of that.

“But it’s about results across the board and I told the players to keep believing. We had a great result on Tuesday night but this is a bad result.

Paul Ince joined Reading as their new interim boss earlier this month

“It wasn’t a bad performance, but it was a bad result. I’m not too down, we know where we are.

“We’re converting four or five people to try to make a team.

“We conceded our first away goal – really bad. But I told the players at half-time that ‘we’re still playing 1-1’.

“If we conceded the second goal, I think we would go on to win the game. In the last 10 minutes we tried to catch up.”

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