Thomas Partey suffered a huge injury blow in the pre-season friendly against Chelsea on Sunday, leaving the pitch after only 30 minutes of the match which was a part of the ‘Mind Series’ tournament. And as reported by Charles Watts for Goal.com, the midfielder will be out of action for several weeks, which effectively rules him out of the Premier League opener against newly promoted Brentford next week.
The injury looked bad straight away, as manager Mikel Arteta admitted after the game, and the scans taken on the following day revealed its extent and confirmed his absence from action. On the other hand, the results also showed that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and the fact that a much longer absence has been avoided has been welcomed gladly at the club. The Ghana international hurt his ankle and will now see a specialist to help him recover as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
Thomas will miss the second ‘Mind Series’ outing against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, followed by the Brentford clash, but he and Arteta are hopeful he’ll be back for the games against Chelsea and Manchester City on August 22nd and 28th, respectively. The manager does, however, have other options in the middle of the park if push comes to shove, after the proposed move of Granit Xhaka to AS Roma fell through. Partey’s absence could be just the chance newcomer Albert Sambi Lokonga needs to get his Arsenal career off to a good start, but it’s far more likely that Arteta will go with the experienced pair of Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny for the start of the league campaign. Joe Willock is also an option, should the boss go for a more attacking approach at some point, though the 21-year-old is still being pursued by Newcastle.