FERNANDO LLORENTE may miss the start of Swansea’s season after breaking his arm in a freak cycling accident.
The Swans top goalscorer last season suffered the injury on holiday and could miss their Premier League opener in six weeks’ time.
And that has dented plans for Paul Clement to use the Spaniard to lead his attack – or sell to rebuild his squad at the Liberty Stadium.
Llorente, 32, was believed to be in Italy on his summer break when the injury occurred.
Swansea have not commented to SunSport but may now look into the matter as a source says the ex-Juventus forward may have been riding a bike when crocked.
He was on a family holiday when he suffered the fractured lower arm.
The Swans are hopeful he could make the start of the season.
A statement from the club said: “The 32-year-old suffered the accident while cycling on a family holiday, and despite it not being a serious break that requires an operation, it does mean the club will have to tailor his pre-season training accordingly.
“The club remain optimistic that he will be available for selection for the first game of the Premier League season against Southampton on Saturday, August 12.”
Fernando Llorente player profile
- Born in Pamplona, Spain in 1985
- Joined Athletic Bilbao at the age of 11 and went onto play 333 times for the club
- After leaving Bilbao in 2013 he joined Juventus and won three league titles
- But he struggled to play regular first-team football and returned to Spain this time with Sevilla in 2015
- Just a year later he joined Sswansea and scored crucial goals to keep them in the Premier League
- Finished the club’s top scorer with 15 and was linked with a switch to Chelsea
- Has 24 caps for Spain and seven goals
Chelsea were interested in the veteran in January and Southampton have also looked at him – but a move away from Wales will be on hold while he is on the treatment table.
His 15 goals last season helped keep Swansea in the Premier League and also boosted his value in the transfer market.
Clement has swooped for Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea to bolster his attack as Borja Baston has struggled to settle in England and Bafetimbi Gomis has been allowed to leave for Galatasaray.
Swansea also face the daunting prospect of losing star man Gylfi Sigurdsson to Premier League rivals Everton.
The Toffees have seen a £30million bid rejected for the Iceland international but are set to return with a new, improved offer.
Sigurdsson was the linchpin in Swan’s survival bid last season scoring nine times from midfield with 13 assists.
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