Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira may not feature again this season after the club confirmed he’ll be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks with a broken ankle.
The Uruguay international was forced off early during Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth on March 2, and manager Mikel Arteta later confirmed the fracture but with no specific return date.
The Independent’s Mark Mann-Bryans wrote on Monday that the blow is expected to take him out of contention for at least two months. His approximate recovery could mean he struggles to come back before the end of the Premier League campaign, which is due to end on May 17.
Arteta acknowledged the player was “really keen” to be back before the campaign comes to a close, via injury analyst Ben Dinnery:
Torreira—a 2018 signing from Serie A outfit Sampdoria—has been in and out of Arsenal’s starting XI this season but has gained more consistent minutes under Arteta. The 24-year-old failed to make a 90-minute appearance in the Premier League under Arteta’s predecessor, Unai Emery, compared with six such outings from a possible 10 since the former Gunner took charge in December.
The north Londoners started with a midfield pivot made up of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos when they beat West Ham United 1-0 on Saturday, with Mesut Ozil sat ahead in the No. 10 role.
Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi are among Arsenal’s other options in central midfield, though fans will be eager to see Torreira make a swift recovery after becoming more prominent in recent months.