Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Lucas Torreira will see a specialist about his ankle injury.
Arsenal’s medical team confirmed this morning that the midfielder fractured his ankle during Monday night’s FA Cup win over Portsmouth.
The 24-year-old was pictured leaving Fratton Park in a protective boot and using crutches , however, despite the alarming look, his father relayed that he was optimistic that the damage wasn’t too bad.
That remains to be seen. As yet, no timeline has been put in place for his return.
Facing the media ahead of Saturday’s game with West Ham, Arteta said: “He was quite positive this morning.
“I spoke with him and he was in pain. We don’t really know exactly the extent of the injury. He needs to see the specialist tomorrow here in London and we will know more about it.”
Arteta also touched on the number of injuries he’s had to contend with since taking over from Freddie Ljungberg in December.
“For sure since I joined, the amount of things that happened [fitness wise] is enormous, but we just have to try to adapt,” he said.
“It’s part of football. It doesn’t only happen to us, unfortunately, it also happens to many other teams. So we cannot be crying about that. It is what it is.
“Sometimes it’s bad luck, sometimes it’s part of the game we play and sometimes things that we can avoid and do better as well but it is what it is.”