Lucas Torreira: Arsenal midfielder to miss eight to 10 weeks with fractured ankle

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is set to miss eight to 10 weeks of action after suffering a fracture in his right ankle last week.

The Uruguay international was taken off on a stretcher early on during the 2-0 FA Cup win at Portsmouth last week and was later seen leaving Fratton Park on crutches.

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A fracture was confirmed by Arsenal late last week but no return date was set until the 24-year-old had seen a specialist – with further information released on Monday now ruling him out for between eight to 10 weeks.

Speaking on Thursday ahead of the weekend win over West Ham, Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta had said he was hoping Torreira would be able to play again this season.

But that now looks highly unlikely given the diagnosis and how long it would then take him to get back up to speed.

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