According to the Evening Standard, the FA have rejected an Arsenal appeal over Lucas Torreira’s red card in the North London derby last weekend.
The midfielder was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor for an injury time foul on Danny Rose who had earlier been only yellow carded for a studs-up, over the ball challenge on Bernd Leno who required treatment after taking the force of the defender’s boot to his chest.
It was perhaps on that basis that Arsenal tried to appeal, but the decision has been upheld by the FA and Torreira will now serve a three game ban.
He is available for our Europa League games, but he’ll now be suspended for the fixtures against Man Utd and Newcastle United at home, and the trip to face Everton at Goodison Park.
With a postponed fixture against Wolves and an Interlull, it means that it will be April 15th – over a month – before he’s eligible for domestic action again when we take on Watford at the Elton John Arena.
It’s certainly a blow to our top four hopes but if we can come through these games well, we get a nicely rested and undoubtedly fired-up Torreira to see us through until May.