Arsenal suffer blow as Lucas Torreira ruled out for remainder of season

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Lucas Torreira will miss eight to 10 weeks due to a fractured ankle, meaning the Arsenal midfielder is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

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

Torreira was replaced by Dani Ceballos just 16 minutes into the cup tie, which Arsenal went on to win courtesy of goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Eddie Nketiah.

The former Sampdoria man had not previously started for the Gunners since the 2-2 Premier League draw at Chelsea on January 21 but was left injured after a challenge by Portsmouth defender James Bolton, which referee Mike Dean deemed to be a fair one.

Torreira is now set for a spell on the sidelines after Arsenal confirmed he is still receiving continual assessments, with the recovery process expected to take between eight to 10 weeks.

It comes as a blow for Arsenal, who are looking to end the season on a high following their shock Europa League exit last month.

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.

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