UPDATE: Panama’s team doctors did X-rays on Roman Torres’ ankle and determined there was no break and that he should be able to play again in 7-10 days.
Informa el doctor Gerinaldo Martínez que las radiografías tomadas en el hospital a Román Torres no muestran evidencia de lesion ósea. Dx : Contusión tobillo derecho. Manejo con medicamentos y fisioterapia. Baja de 7-10 días acorde a evolución. pic.twitter.com/yc8OtiVqf9— FEPAFUT (@fepafut) June 28, 2018
Panama and Tunisia were only playing their final World Cup group stage for pride, after both had already been eliminated from Round of 16 competition. And while Roman Torres surely would have loved to lead Los Canaleros to their first-ever World Cup win, avoiding injury was probably No. 2 on his to-do list.
Torres may have fallen short on both counts.
After Torres helped set up Panama’s go-ahead goal earlier in the match, Tunisia stormed back to take the lead in the 66th minute. To make matters worse, Torres was forced off several minutes before then with what is being called an ankle injury.
Very concerning for the #Sounders. Román Torres was forced off injured in the 56th minute. After an awkward collision, he stayed down holding his knee. Hopefully it's not serious. #PANTUN #MLS #Panama #PAN pic.twitter.com/ppR8dDzi4T— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) June 28, 2018
Panama’s defense looked mostly overmatched in their first two games, but Torres at least looked to be regaining the mobility he seemed to lack earlier in the season for the Sounders. As yet it is unclear just how serious this injury is, but at least it wasn’t to the knee he had surgically repaired.