Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey for Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur.
Furthermore, the Ghana international has been ruled out of the Gunners’ first two games of the new Premier League campaign with Brentford next Friday and the visit of London rivals Chelsea eight days later.
Perhaps more worryingly for Mikel Arteta, he could also be without Partey for the trip to the Etihad Stadium to face reigning champions Manchester City at the end of the month.
The 28-year-old limped off during the Gunners’ 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat by the Blues last weekend, but initially, there was optimism about the midfielder’s fitness suggesting as he didn’t require a CAM protective boot.
And as reported by football.london, Partey was expected to miss Arsenal’s opening games of the season against Brentford and Chelsea, although there is optimism that he could return sooner than expected if his recovery goes to plan.
This has now been confirmed by the club in their latest medical update, although it’s not all good news.
“Thomas sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday,” a statement reads. “Thomas continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training in approximately three weeks.”
Three weeks from today (August 7) means Partey could return to training on August 28 which is the date of the Gunners’ trip to the Etihad Stadium.
One would assume that unless the midfielder gets a few sessions under his belt ahead of the Man City game, it won’t be until after the international break where he will return to action.
With that said, Partey is not the only Arsenal injury casualty.
It has also been confirmed that striker Eddie Nketiah is facing up to a month on sidelines with an ankle problem of his own.
“Eddie sustained bruising to his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday,” the statement continued. “Eddie continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training in approximately four weeks.”
There is some good news on defender Gabriel Magalhaes who is aiming to be back in training in the forthcoming weeks following a knee injury that kept him out of the summer Olympic Games.
Source by Football London