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Arsenal’s Torreira out indefinitely with fractured ankle

Portsmouth FC v Arsenal FC - FA Cup Fifth Round

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Lucas Torriera of Arsenal is tackled by James Bolton of Portsmouth during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Portsmouth and Arsenal at Fratton Park on March 02, 2020 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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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.

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