Fernando Llorente Suffers Broken Arm in Cycling Accident

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2017

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente, right, vies for the ball with Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park stadium, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Swansea City forward Fernando Llorente has suffered a broken arm during a cycling incident and is a doubt to be ready for the start of the Premier League season.

The club announced the news via their official website, adding they are hopeful the Spaniard will be fit to face Southampton on August 12 following a special pre-season program. 

Per the report, the 32-year-old fractured a bone in his lower arm, and surgery is not required. 

The former Juventus man moved to the Premier League last summer and enjoyed a fine first season in Wales, scoring 15 goals. His big frame, excellent aerial ability and surprising mobility make him an excellent fit for the English game, and he's already been linked with a transfer to Chelsea, per Miguel Delaney of The Independent.

Compatriot Borja Baston, who will be hopeful of a bigger role next season, has a similar profile and would be a solid replacement should Llorente not be fit in time for Swansea's season opener.