Former Arsenal star Dani Ceballos shows off battered ankle after Olympics injury

Former Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has revealed the gruesome extent of the freak ankle injury he sustained in Spain's opening Tokyo 2020 clash with Egypt.

The 24-year-old was forced to leave the field barefooted with a horrible ball-shaped lump on his left ankle after a nasty challenge from Egypt's Taher Mohamed.

Mohamed escaped without a red card following a VAR check – much to the surprise of Ceballos' team-mate Dani Olmo, who said there was 'no doubt' it deserved a sending off.

Ceballos posted an update to his Instagram 24 hours after the match, showing little improvement to his ankle and suggesting his Olympic dream could be over.

The picture showed the star's ankle black and bruised and still swollen, leaving him a major doubt for Spain's final two group matches against Australia and Argentina.

He said: "In pain, yes.

"But still hoping and excited about doing everything I can to come back and keep helping my colleagues in this Olympic Games."

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However, Spain are not said to be optimistic about the Real Madrid midfielder's chances of appearing again in Tokyo.

According to Marca, the swelling has taken longer than expected to go down, making an official diagnosis and recovery timeframe difficult to work out.

Ceballos was expected to a play a major role for La Roja in the Japanese capital after being made captain of a strong squad which includes Euro 2020 star Pedri, Unai Simon and Mikel Oyarzabal.

His absence will be a significant blow for manager Luis de la Fuente, who is looking to win Spain a first Olympic men's football gold medal since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

The former Arsenal loanee will be out to impress new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti on his return to the Bernabeu after the Games, and was recent quoted as saying: "It is clear, I would like to play for Real Madrid.

"But you have to know what the coach wants and you have to be objective. But my intention is to play for Real Madrid next year", he explained.

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