Ex-Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos suffers nasty ankle injury during Spain’s Olympic opener


Dani Ceballos was forced off in Spain’s 0-0 draw with Egypt (REX/Shutterstock)

Former Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos suffered a nasty ankle injury during Spain’s opening game in the Olympics.

The 24-year-old delivered an impressive display in the first half of Spain’s match against Egypt but shortly before half time the midfielder was forced off after Taher Mohamed stood on his ankle.

Ceballos was able to hobble but the Spaniard’s left ankle quickly ballooned with severe swelling.

Spain were also dealt a second injury blow as Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza was also forced off in the first half.

‘They are the greatest concern,’ Spain’s head coach, Luis de la Fuente, said after the goalless draw.

‘Now we are going to see how the injuries develop today. They do not look good.

Taher Mohamed stood on Dani Ceballos’ ankle and was given a yellow card (Eurosport)
Dani Ceballos’ ankle showed significant swelling after the challenge (Reuters)

‘We are going to see if I’m wrong and they can be recoverable for the shortest possible dates. They are two injuries that could put them out for a while.’

Spain will also play Argentina and Australia in Group C.

Ceballos, meanwhile, spent the last two seasons on loan at Arsenal but the midfielder will not be spending a third stint with Mikel Arteta’s side.

Real Madrid have yet to make a decision over Ceballos’ future but Real Betis have expressed an interest in signing him.

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