On-loan Wrexham goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo will undergo minor surgery after breaking his jaw against Harrogate Town ... with Arsenal star  facing weeks - rather than months - out

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By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 07:14 EST, 5 December 2023 | Updated: 07:24 EST, 5 December 2023

Wrexham's hopes of securing a double promotion person been bolstered by nan news that prima goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is facing weeks, alternatively than months, connected nan sidelines.  

The 22-year-old saw a master connected Monday aft breaking his jaw successful nan first half of a caller 2-2 tie distant to Harrogate Town.

Okonkwo took a knee to nan look and looked successful existent discomfort arsenic he was forced off, replaced successful extremity by seasoned lawman Mark Howard. 

Mail Sport understands that Okonkwo is now expected to acquisition insignificant room pursuing master advice. 

While location is nary clear timeframe connected his return - location is nan imaginable he could return sooner pinch usage of a disguise aliases headgear to support his jaw - sources bespeak that it is simply a lawsuit of weeks connected nan sidelines. 

The on-loan shot-stopper was brave successful nan first half against Harrogate erstwhile he collided pinch striker Josh March.

Boss Phil Parkinson later explained that nan aesculapian squad advised to return Okonkwo disconnected arsenic he was 'dazed astatine half time'.

It was later stressed that it was not 'serious' aliases arsenic bad arsenic first feared and location is dream he will beryllium backmost early successful nan caller year. 

It intends that Parkinson will not beryllium forced to dip into nan transportation marketplace for different goalkeeper successful January. 

With Rob Lainton struggling pinch wounded each season, Okonkwo being sidelined intends Parkinson has conscionable 2 elder goalkeepers disposable successful Howard and Luke McNicholas.  

Okonkwo has been a revelation for Wrexham this play since arriving and usurping Ben Foster and Howard arsenic nan side's No 1. 

The Dragons, co-owned by Hollywood brace Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, are targeting a double promotion aft mounting a grounds points full past play successful winning nan Vanarama National League. 

Parkinson's broadside are presently 2nd successful League Two, 5 points adrift of Stockport County, and are besides into nan 3rd information of nan FA Cup, wherever they return connected fierce rivals Shrewsbury Town. 


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