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Lucas Torreira: Update on his Ankle Injury

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Lucas Torreira suffered a nasty ankle injury in the 16th minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park on a cold Monday night. The Arsenal youngsters took the plaudits for their good performance that was enough to seal a quarterfinal berth with head coach, Mikel Arteta, lauding their efforts but it was not a good night for Torreira, that had to be stretched off the pitch to receive medical attention for what was really a nasty challenge from Portsmouth defender, James Bolton.

Torreira was seen wearing an ankle brace and had to use clutches to navigate his way around to join the team leaving Portsmouth back to London. This leaves Arteta with only Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi as his only central midfield options, which is not ideal if you ask me. No other player in the side offers what Lucas Torreira gives this team and I touched on this sometime in January, when he suffered an injury in the draw with Crystal Palace. 

 Arsenal star Torreira was hobbling in a protective boot and will need scans on his injured ankle

Lucas Torreira wearing an ankle brace

Torreira has done well to allays some fears on whether he will be out for a while, when he spoke to the media about his injury,

“I wanted to tap it and grabbed my ankle on the outside. It twisted the ankle but I can move it”

Arteta, on the other hand, isn’t sure of the severity of the injury and will be waiting for the Arsenal medical team to provide a favorable update for him. What we know for sure is that Torreira will not be available for the crucial weekend fixture against West Ham and the midweek clash against Manchester City might come too soon for him. 

In his absence, Ceballos will get an extended run in the side and we will be hoping he can forge a good understanding with Xhaka in the middle of the park. For a player that was close to leaving the club in January, Ceballos is playing on a different level and looks committed to the cause as Arteta hopes to seek qualification to Europe from the Premier League following that disaster that happened last week Thursday against Olympiakos.

Arsenal would be hoping to have Torreira available for selection as soon as possible because he remains a vital cog in the Arteta midfield machine.

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Torreira: Can Arsenal Cope in His Absence?

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Torreira injured at Selhurst Park

 

Lucas Torreira has become an influential figure at Arsenal since Mikel Arteta arrived at the club in December 2019. He joined the club last season and had an instant impact with his combative style of play that won the fans over but as the season progressed, he lost some form before serving his country at the 2018 World Cup.

The start of the new campaign proved difficult for Torreira with the Uruguayan losing his place in the starting lineup to Matteo Guendouzi and in the games he managed to play under Unai Emery, he played out of position, much to his despair, that sparked rumors of a potential exit from the club with Serie A as the likely destination.

In the first 10 games of the season, Torreira started only two games and did not complete 90 minutes. Torreira is an ever present at the team since then, but he has become a cause for concern after his injury in the draw against Crystal Palace. The manager, Mikel Arteta, provided an update on his injury after the match,

“Matteo was really good when he came on as well, but Lucas has been in good form. He has given us a lot but I had to get him off because he wasn’t feeling good.

“It’s a muscle injury. We’ll have to assess it with the doctors tomorrow. We will know more the day after.”

Since Arteta took over, Torreira’s improvement is evident and increased his value to Arsenal. I pulled out some of his stats (via WhoScored.com) to juxtapose between his first four games for Arteta and the rest of his time under Emery,

Bournemouth Chelsea Man Utd Crystal Palace 2019/20 Average 2018/19 Average
Touches 93 67 52 64 713 1645
Tackles Made 2 0 2 1 1.4 1.9
Interceptions 2 3 2 2 1.3 1.2
Fouls Committed 2 1 2 0 0.8 1.1
Clearances 0 1 4 1 0.9 0.9
Blocked Shots 1 0 0 1 0.3 0.2
Total Passes 77 53 40 52 654 1590
Long Balls 3 4 3 4 28 60
Key Passes 1 0 0 0 0.5 0.7
Pass Completion % 88.3 88.7 87.5 88.5 88.7 87.4
Bookings (Yellow / Red) (1 / 0) (1 / 0) (0 / 0) (0 / 0) (3 / 0) (7 / 1)

One standout attribute from Torreira’s stats since the introduction of Arteta to the side is his interceptions, as the Uruguayan performed admirably in his primary duties as a defensive midfielder. His absence was felt in the second half of the Crystal Palace game, as Guendouzi could not replicate what he offered on the field when he played alongside Granit Xhaka, and it is fair to say that the midfield was lost.

Torriera’s tackling, clearances and blocked shots increased under Arteta, with the manager allowing him to express himself freely in his favored position.

When Guendouzi and Xhaka play together, the Swiss plays a deeper role, allowing the young Frenchman to roam forward in a box-to-box like role.

However, Xhaka lacks the agility to function as a defensive midfielder, with his key strength, his passing range, that does not come into play when the Gunners are not with the ball. This clearly means that Guendouzi or / and Xhaka need a Torreira beside them to do the dirty work while they continue their roles as cultured midfielders.

The game against Sheffield United comes up this weekend and Arteta waits for updated information regarding Torreira’s fitness because with the way the Gunners play, the Uruguayan’s role is key and at this point, I don’t think we have an able replacement, unless something is done in the January transfer window, which I am pessimistic about.

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Football Injury Prevention – Common Measures to Observe

Athletes and sports people are at a higher risk of suffering injuries than ordinary people. These injuries range from those caused by sports to others that can happen during exercises. Football has a higher risk of injuries than many other sports. If you have watched it, you may have noticed that the players are very masculine, but they wear protective gear like helmet, joint guards, and gloves.

Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to prevent these injuries, and this article will cover some of the measures to take to keep them at bay.

Wear the Right Protective Gear

Football players are supposed to wear various protective gear whether they are in the real match against their opponents or practicing amongst themselves. Although it may not be necessary, they should also wear the right gear during training that involves extreme exercises. It will go a long way in preventing a number of injuries. Here is the list of protective gear that they should use:

·         Helmet

·         Gloves

·         Cleats

·         Chest and Shoulder Guards

·         Jockstrap

·         Observe Set Safety Procedures

Football is regulated by strict rules that are meant to ensure the safety of the players. Either an individual or team has to observe these rules at all times. The good thing is that they are all aimed at preventing injuries. Upon joining, you will be given these rules, which includes playing without an intention to harm the opponent, wearing the right gear, and many others.

Stay Active During Offseason

One of the primary reasons why injuries are high in football is that players decide to take a vacations and rest from active life during the offseason. This causes stiffness in the joints and the muscles become dormant.

When the activities resume, this person is more likely to suffer injuries as opposed to someone who remained active. You can still continue using enhancement gear from Steroids Evolution, eat the right diet, and exercise as you wait for football season. Everyone will be amazed by the fitness you have attained when you resume.

Learn to Warm Up Before Exercises

Whether you are in football or any other fitness activity, doing warm-ups before the training starts will prevent injuries in many ways. The muscles require many preparations rather than being indulged in tasking activities all at once. And so are the joints, which are more prone to injuries than any other part of the body. Football is taxing sport and players require extreme workouts to remain fit.

Do Frequent Medical Checks

Another paramount way to prevent injuries as a football player is through medical checks. Although reputable teams have dedicated doctors who schedule the check-ups for all players, others do not, and it is the responsibility of the players to do this. Medical checks can detect any challenge or danger early in advance and have it corrected before it escalated during a match.

Conclusion

Now that you have heard the right procedures and tips that prevent injuries in football, it is time to practice them. You will undoubtedly enjoy the results.