Mikel Arteta on Lucas Torreira Injury: Don't Know If It's the Bone or Ligaments

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2020

Portsmouth's English defender James Bolton (L) challenges Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira (R) resulting in an injury for Torreira during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Portsmouth and Arsenal at Fratton Park stadium in Portsmouth, southern England, on March 2, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the Gunners aren't sure of the exact nature or extent of Lucas Torreira's injury after he had to be stretchered off in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth on Monday. 

The Uruguayan had to be withdrawn after quarter of an hour following a challenge from James Bolton.

Arteta said:

"He was in a lot of pain. He is in a brace at the moment, he will be assessed in the next few days, and we will know more then.

"I don't know if it's the bone or ligaments, we don't know yet."

Torreira was quoted by ESPN in Uruguay (h/t the Mirror's Mark Jones) as telling his father: "It [the ankle] twisted, but I can move it. I'm fine."

Mark Mann-Bryans of the Press Association shared footage of Torreira leaving Fratton Park on crutches and wearing a protective boot:

The 24-year-old started just twice in Arsenal's first 10 Premier League matches this season.

Unai Emery began using him more in the final weeks of his reign in November, and he retained his place as a regular starter under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg and then when Arteta took charge in December. Though this was his first start for the Gunners since their 2-2 draw with Chelsea on January 21.

Torreira is a tenacious presence for Arsenal in midfield, and he works hard to break up opponents' play, giving the Gunners intensity and bite.

He excels in protecting the ball to draw fouls from opponents, tooonly Matteo Guendouzi has drawn more per game than Torreira for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, per WhoScored.com.

Arsenal advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Monday courtesy of goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Eddie Nketiah either side of half-time:

The competition has been their biggest source of success in recent years, having lifted the trophy in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

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