Charles Watts, the Arsenal correspondent at Goal, has given an insight into when Thomas Partey could return from his injury.
The Ghanaian has looked absolutely incredible in pre-season. Fans were convinced that he’ll have a massive impact next term, but sadly, a terrible challenge forced him to limp off the pitch in what seemed like a fairly serious injury.
Gooners have been really worried about Partey. He is undoubtedly our best midfielder, and if he’s in form, we’ll dominate most games. However, if he’s not available, Mohamed Eleney will have to step in, and as good as the Egyptian is, he cannot boss games like the new Arsenal number five.
There has been a ton of speculation about how many games Partey is expected to miss. Goal’s Watts has shared his information about the same, and if his comments are accurate, Arsenal fans really have nothing to worry about.
Watts: Partey will only miss one or two games due to injury
He said in a video on his YouTube channel: “The early signs on Partey are mixed. He had his scans on Monday, he is going to miss the start of Arsenal’s season barring some sort of miracle.
“From both sides of things, Partey is certainly being ruled out here for a few weeks – Arsenal play Chelsea on August 22 and then Manchester City on August 28. Partey will be looking at one of those, as things stand, as the game he could come back.
“Now, he will see another specialist this week. But the early signs are that it’s not as bad as it could have been. That’s what Arsenal are taking from the scan and people close to Thomas Partey are taking from it as well.”
That really is fantastic news. It would be ideal to have him back for the start of the new season, but that’s the only game he’s definitely ruled out of. He could potentially come back for the game against Chelsea, and that would be brilliant for us.
Arsenal play Tottenham on Sunday in what is our final game of pre-season. The drama surrounding Harry Kane has left them in a difficult position and Gooners would love nothing more than to see Mikel Arteta’s men inflict some more pain on them before the start of the new campaign.