Ahead of their upcoming match against Leeds United, Arsenal has received a setback as midfielder Thomas Partey sustained an injury while on international duty with Ghana.
Due to the injury, Partey was unable to participate in Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola on Monday. However, he played the full 90 minutes in the match against Angola on Thursday and emerged unscathed from the game.
At 29 years of age, Partey is a key player for Arsenal and his injury will undoubtedly be a cause for concern for the team. The extent of his injury and how long he will be out of action is yet to be determined.
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On Monday, images surfaced showing two physios tending to Thomas Partey’s heavily strapped right thigh, raising concerns about his fitness ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Leeds United.
Arsenal physio Simon Murphy accompanied Partey to Ghana to monitor his fitness, given his injury record during his time at the club. However, reports suggest that the midfielder has not suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that previously kept him out of four games earlier this season.
Partey will return to London for tests, and his availability for the match against Leeds this weekend will depend on the results. Manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping for positive news, but with a crucial game against Liverpool looming, he may choose to err on the side of caution and not risk one of his most important players.
If Partey is unable to play, Jorginho is a likely candidate to replace him in midfield. Arsenal’s medical team will make a final decision on his fitness later in the week, as they continue their pursuit of their first Premier League title since 2004.