Lucas Torreira may return for Arsenal before the end of season after bad injury

Lucas Torreira could still play for Arsenal again this season despite leaving Portsmouth on crutches on Monday night.

But Gunners defender Sokratis has opened the door to a move away from the club if he is not playing next season.

Torreira lasted just 16 minutes of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win on the south coast before being stretchered off.

He was clattered by a strong tackle from James Bolton and later fitted with a leg brace as a precaution, but Uruguay midfielder Torreira believes he has only suffered a sprain.

He will have a scan and further assessments over the next few days but Arsenal remain hopeful he will not be ruled out for the rest of the season.

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Meanwhile, team-mate Sokratis, who has been asked to play out of position at right back recently, has thrown his own future into doubt.

The Greek centre half is under contract until the summer of 2021 but insists he won’t stay if boss Mikel Arteta doesn't want him.

Arteta has preferred to pair David Luiz with Shkodran Mustafi in recent games, has just signed Pablo Mari, and has WIlliam Saliba arriving this summer.

Sokratis scored the opening goal against Pompey but Arteta has admitted the 31-year-old has “moaned” at being forced to play right back.

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Sokratis said: “I have one more year here. But me, I never sit on my contract. I don't care.

“If I'm not happy, I don't play enough or the coach doesn't like me, I don't care about the contract.

“For me the money is not important, it is important I feel good, I feel happy and the team is happy with me. If not, I take the road and I finish.”

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Asked whether he would sign an extension, Sokratis said: “I don't think about it, I think every day to be happy and help the team.

“In the end we will see but what I say is that I am not a player who sits on a contract – I don't need it.

“It is tough because the Premier League is the most difficult league but I think, until now, I tried.

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“I don't know if I did enough or if people wait for more from me but what I look for is to give 100 per cent for them and the team and to win every game.”

Sokratis also claims Arsenal can save their season by winning the FA Cup after their Europa League KO at the hands of Olympiakos.

He said: “I hope. We still have a lot of games in the Premier League but it is difficult. It’s a result that gives you a little but of confidence back.”

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