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Cheltenham Town young forward to face late fitness test before Arsenal tie in FA Youth Cup

We spoke with young Cheltenham Town forward Charlie Stanton ahead the under 18’s fixture against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup.

Stanton has spent this season on loan at Sutton Coldfield before picking up a hamstring injury whilst playing for the under 18’s against Swindon Town.

The second year now faces a race against time to regain his full fitness before next Wednesday’s fixture against Arsenal.

Here’s what Stanton had to say:

It’s your second scholar season now, you’re out on loan, how’s that been?

“You go into the changing room, it’s different. The whole environment is different. It’s more focused on going into a game and getting the three points and earning your rest on the Sunday.”

How bad is the injury?

It was in a game against Swindon, I stretched my hamstring and it ended up being a three week thing where most of it was rest but I’m getting towards the third round of the Youth Cup but yes, it’s getting a lot better.”

Arsenal at the Jonny-Rocks, how big of an achievement will it be to walk out there?

“Yes, exactly, it’s good. We were always hoping for a big tie whether it be in the third round or if we get into the fourth round so all of the lads are looking forward to it but we’ll treat it as any other game.”

How important is it for your development to be out on loan and not just playing youth football?

“Yes, 18’s is more about player development and your personal development but when you go out on loan, it’s more about the three points and the team. They’re all men, they don’t care how old you are.”

What are your aims personally before the end of the season?

“I want to come back from injury, get a few minutes in that Arsenal game and then over Christmas, play for my loan team and hopefully get some more minutes there and in the New Year, stay out on loan, get some more goals and then come back here, hopefully get my chance in the first team if I deserve it.”

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