Arsenal loanee Sambi Lokonga is set for a prolonged period on the sidelines after he picked up an injury in the Hatters’ most recent Premier League outing, it has emerged.
The Belgian midfielder joined Rob Edwards’ side over the summer for the 23/24 season, but on just his second start to the club he was forced off before the hour mark with a hamstring problem.
Taking to social media, the 23-year-old revealed that it was more serious than initially feared, and that he will now be spending the next few months on the sidelines rather than with the newly-promoted side.
“I thought it was my time to enjoy playing this beautiful game called football and work hard with my teammates to reach our goal as a team.
“Unfortunately, an injury has come and delayed everything. I will be focused on my recovery and will be supporting the team during that time. See you in a couple of months.”
Rob Edwards offered the same glum assessment after their Carabao Cup third round tie defeat to lowly Exeter City.
“Unfortunately Sambi (Lokonga) injured his hamstring on Saturday, Edwards said. “He is going to be out for a few months we think. It is really disappointing first of all for him because he came to us because he really wants to play.
“He made a really good first impression in his first couple of games. He was excellent. We will support him now and hopefully do what we can to get him back quickly and stronger.”
Luton have managed just a solitary point so far this season, with that coming in their most recent game against Fulham. They are joint bottom with fellow Premier League newcomers Burnley and Sheffield United, with all three in danger of failing to reach Derby’s lowest ever points tally of 11.