Thomas Partey’s latest injury is set to sideline him until after the international break, according to reports.
While the former Atletico Madrid star enjoyed a relatively clean bill of health during his La Liga stint, injury woes have compromised his time in north London thus far. While often a dominant performer when available, Partey has succumbed to injuries in each of his seasons at Arsenal and has missed a total of 45 games over three years.
Partey’s availability woes convinced the club it was necessary to spend big in the summer as they sought to rejuvenate their engine room. A list of targets were noted before all the club’s energy was put into acquiring Declan Rice from West Ham.
Rice has settled quickly in north London, as many expected, and his brilliance means Partey’s absence likely won’t be hard felt over the next few weeks.
How long will Thomas Partey be out with latest injury setback?
While Arsenal kept quiet regarding Partey’s fitness, Ghana confirmed ahead of the Gunners’ dramatic victory over Man Utd that the 30-year-old would miss his country’s upcoming September fixtures due to injury.
“Thomas Partey is left out of the squad due to injury,” the Ghana national team wrote. “According to his club, the player picked up an injury in training and could be on the sidelines for a while, however, the Black Stars medical team is monitoring the situation.”
While pictures of Partey in training on the day this update circulated created some confusion, the midfielder was unsurprisingly absent on Sunday and instead watched on at the Emirates as his side scored two late goals to seal a dramatic triumph over Man Utd.
The Daily Mail reported on Monday that the midfielder is expected to be out of action for six weeks with another thigh problem which means he’ll miss the upcoming North London Derby as well as the start of Arsenal’s Champions League campaign.
However, should Rice continue to perform at a level many expected of him when he arrived, it’s safe to say the Gunners won’t miss Partey anywhere near the degree to which his absence was costly in previous years.