Paul Arriola has announced his Swansea City departure via his Twitter after an on-going injury crisis which has seen him struggle for game time in Wales.
The American winger joined the Swans in February on loan from MLS side DC United. However, the 26-year-old’s loan spell was ended with the club after he failed to shake off a recurring thigh injury according to the club’s official website.
The American international managed just three appearances for the Welsh side all of which were substitute appearances, including in the FA Cup Quarter Final against Manchester City.
Arriola joined the club in red hot form having scored three goals in two games for his national side in friendly internationals. However, he was not able to continue his strong form in the Championship.
The speedy wide man took to Twitter and issued the following statement regarding his Swansea departure.
“Sometimes sports and injuries can be cruel. I am disappointed that my season has ended with Swansea. Truly gutted to not continue on this journey and get more of an opportunity to play but I leave with nothing but great memories of the football club, city, people and relationships I have made. Thanks you @Swansofficial and #JackArmy. Once a Jack, Always a Jack. Until next time, Paul.”
— Paul Arriola (@PaulArriola) March 31, 2021
Swansea confirmed that the US international will now fly back to the States to continue his rehabilitation. The club have also sent their thanks to the player for his time at the club and wished him a speedy recovery.
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Some Swans fans also sent their well wishes to the winger via social media. One fan said: “All the best for the future, Paul. Gutted for you that it didn’t work out, speedy recovery with the injury!”
Steve Cooper’s side however must continue their push for promotion despite this setback. They travel to struggling Birmingham on Good Friday and know they will face a tough challenge with the Blues fired up under new manager Lee Bowyer.
Swansea will still be eying up the automatic promotion spot, which is currently held by Watford, however, the Swans are just six points behind and also have a game in hand over the Hornets.
When the American winger Arriola was signed by Swansea until the end of the season fans and people around the club would have been hopeful that the 26-year-old who has over 30 international caps to his name, could have made a mark in the Championship.
The Swans certainly didn’t get to see the best of the DC United man but will be hoping that his absence won’t distract them in their final push for a Premier League spot.
Cooper has a strong enough squad for the exit of the American not to make too much of a dent in his side.