Medical expert: Fabio Vieira may have suffered 'fracture' as Arsenal return date revealed
Fabio Vieira may have suffered a “fractured metatarsal” that will see him unable to make his Arsenal debut for another five weeks.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Vieira, 22, signed from the Gunners from Porto for £34million last month (21 June).
But his first pre-season with the club has been disrupted by a foot injury and he is currently training away from the main group during the tour of America.
As quoted by The Mirror last Sunday (17 July), the Portuguese midfielder has “a slight problem in his bone”.
Dinnery forecasts that it may be two weeks before Vieira resumes full training and another three before he is ready to play competitively.
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“The fact it has been downplayed by Mikel Arteta has maybe muddied the waters,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“It’s certainly an injury that we can pinpoint back to playing for Portugal. That was coming up to six weeks ago.
“Coming up to the game against Everton at the weekend, Arteta was suggesting that he is maybe still a week away, possibly a little bit longer.
“That means it might be eight weeks in total until he’s back on the training pitch. Based on those numbers, we could be looking at a metatarsal fracture.
“That sort of fits with the timeline in terms of where we’re at. A realistic return to play would maybe be 10 or 11 weeks, so five weeks away.”