Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral looks to have played his last game for Birmingham City after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
The 21-year-old, signed from Barcelona at the same time as Hector Bellerin in 2011, has enjoyed a productive campaign on loan at St. Andrew’s scoring eight goals in 38 appearances.
Reflecting on Toral’s injury, picked up in training this week just days after he was sent off in stoppage time against Preston, Gary Rowlett said: “Jon’s probably going to miss the rest of the season – but again we are not ruling him out of the Cardiff game.
“At that point you can argue is there any point playing someone who has had a hamstring injury and risk tearing it again for one last game?
It remains to be seen whether Toral will return to London Colney for treatment. The Spaniard, who last summer featured in a couple of Arsenal’s pre-season games, hasn’t had much luck with injuries since moving to England.
After four knee operations between the ages of 16 and 18, the midfielder admits he thought he may have to quit the game. He’s made steady progress since making a full recovery and will be hoping for another chance to impress the Gunners coaching staff before a decision is made on where he’ll play football next season.