Llorente breaks arm on cycling holiday

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Swansea City are sweating on the fitness of Fernando Llorente for the start of the season after the striker broke his arm on a cycling holiday.

Llorente was key to Swansea remaining in the Premier League last season after the 32-year-old netted 15 goals in 35 appearances – a return which has prompted plenty of transfer speculation this summer.

However, the Spaniard faces a race against time to be fit for Swansea’s Premier League opener on August 12 after breaking his arm on a family holiday.

The injury does not require surgery and Swansea remain hopeful that Llorente will be fit for the start of the season, although they have had to change the ex-Sevilla man’s training regime.

"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," said a club statement.

Llorente only arrived at Swansea in a £5million deal last summer. But he was a target for Chelsea in the January transfer window and Besiktas have been linked with a move over recent weeks.