Team news update: Arsenal star ruled out for season, defender could miss Man City trip

By on March 9, 2020

Arsenal have been hit with a major blow after confirming that Lucas Torreira’s season is virtually over as the midfielder has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a fractured ankle.

Torreira sustained the injury during Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Portsmouth last Monday night and the initial signs looked ominous after he was seen leaving Fratton Park on crutches after the game.

Arsenal soon confirmed the South American had suffered a fracture to his right ankle and, after seeing a specialist late last week, the club have now revealed Torreira has been ruled out for 8-10 weeks.

Even if he manages to recover in just 8 weeks and return around May 4th, the Uruguayan international would need time to build-up his fitness in training before he’d be able to play first team football again. Our last Premier League game is on May 17th so it’s highly unlikely we’ll see Torreira play again this season.

The 24-year-old joins Calum Chambers on the treatment table as the defender is facing months on the sidelines with an ACL injury. Sead Kolasinac is another player currently unavailable as he won’t resume full training until the end of the month as he continues to nurse a shoulder problem.

Mikel Arteta’s issues in defence continue as Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt for Wednesday night’s trip to Manchester City due to a thigh injury that’s kept him out of Arsenal’s last two matches.

However, there is slightly better news on Cedric Soares as the right-back is due to return to full training this week as he edges closer to making his recovery from a knee injury. The full-back hasn’t featured since arriving on loan from Southampton in January but he could be available again soon.

A team news update ahead of Wednesday’s clash with City confirmed on Arsenal.com:

Calum Chambers
Left knee. Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on December 29. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six to nine months.

Sead Kolasinac
Right shoulder. Significant strain to right shoulder joint during Everton (h) on February 23. Aiming to return to full training by the end of March.

Shkodran Mustafi
Tight right thigh. Being assessed ahead of Manchester City (a).

Cedric Soares
Left knee. Aiming to be in full training this week (w/c Monday, March 9).

Lucas Torreira
Right ankle. Sustained fracture to right ankle during Portsmouth (a) on March 2. Still receiving continual assessments. Recovery process expected to take between eight to ten weeks.