Akpom returns to Gunners

Last Updated: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:37

Coventry's on-loan striker Chuba Akpom has been temporarily recalled by parent club Arsenal.

Akpom has returned to the Gunners for their FA Youth Cup fifth-round tie against Charlton on Friday night as well as their subsequent UEFA Youth League clash versus Shakhtar Donetsk next Tuesday.

The 18-year-old, who only recently joined the Sky Blues on a deal until the end of the season, will therefore miss this weekend's League One trip to Tranmere.

However, he will return to the midlands club next Thursday to become available for their home encounter against Shrewsbury.

Coventry development director Steve Waggott told the club's official website: "As part of the contract to allow Chuba to join us, there was always an agreement that he could be recalled by Arsenal should they require him.

"He has been an integral part of their FA Youth Cup run and we understand head of youth development Liam Brady's reasoning for wanting him back for their upcoming games.

"Chuba will, however, return to us after these fixtures and we look forward to having him back as he's made a great impression during his short stay so far."

Akpom joined Coventry last Friday and made his debut in the 2-1 midweek defeat to Carlisle.

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