Arsenal’s Torreira out indefinitely with fractured ankle

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Lucas Torreira might have played his final game of the 2019-20 season on Monday, when the Arsenal midfielder fractured his right ankle in an FA Cup fifth-round victory over Portsmouth, the club has confirmed.

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Arsenal issued a statement on the injury on Thursday, and while Torreira’s season is not officially over while they await “further specialist reviews which will determine a recovery plan,” it’s a significant blow for the Gunners to lose their most consistent and influential midfielder with 11 games to go and five-point gap between themselves and UEFA Champions League qualification.

The injury occurred under a heavy challenge from Portsmouth defender James Bolton, resulting in Torriera being stretchered off the field after just 16 minutes.

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Dani Ceballos, who is on loan from Real Madrid this season, is expected to assume Torreira’s place in the starting lineup going forward.