Thomas Partey suffers another injury setback; will not play vs Liverpool

  • Mikel Arteta said Thomas Partey won't play vs Liverpool after suffering injury setback
  • Partey underwent thigh surgery in November
  • Midfielder is proving to be a liability

Thomas Partey will not play against Liverpool on Sunday
Thomas Partey will not play against Liverpool on Sunday / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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Here we go again! Mikel Arteta has revealed that Thomas Partey will not play against Liverpool on Sunday after suffering yet another injury setback.

While an elite performer on his day, Partey's injury woes have undermined his time in north London. His current absence is his second-longest to date, stretching just shy of three months after he underwent thigh surgery at the start of November. His last appearance for the club arrived off the bench in Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Manchester City before the October international break.

There had been hope that the midfielder would soon return having returned to training ahead of the Gunners' victory over Nottingham Forest, but the Ghanaian wasn't included in the squad.

Arteta has since revealed that a "little setback" will sideline Partey once more.


Thomas Partey suffers another injury setback; will not play vs Liverpool

Speaking ahead of Sunday's crucial Premier League bout with Liverpool, Arteta provided an update on Partey's status: “With Thomas unfortunately we had a little setback a few days ago. He’s not going to be available in the squad.

“We don’t know if it’s a few days or weeks. He felt something in a very similar area and he wasn’t able to train the last few days.”

Partey's perpetual thigh issue is incredibly frustrating, with his continued unavailability set to trigger a serious conversation over his future in the summer. The 30-year-old, when fit and firing, can undoubtedly contribute to Arteta's project which aims to thrust Arsenal to Premier League glory, but Partey is continuing to prove to be an absolute liability.

Declan Rice's arrival has mitigated Partey's absence, with the pair rarely featuring alongside one another since the Englishman joined the club.

The despair lies with the potential that this tandem boats, but supporters are yet to enjoy it in full swing. I'm starting to doubt whether we ever will!


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