Thomas Partey’s injury is not serious and he could be back for the Premier League game against Leeds United this weekend, according to Chris Wheatley of football.london.
The Ghana international suffered a muscular injury and was taken off in the last fifteen minutes of Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park. Willian replaced the former Atletico Madrid midfielder.
The 27-year-old’s season has been interrupted by a series of injuries and has limited the number of games he has played for the Gunners this season. He has made just 16 appearances for the North London side in all competitions but his impact has been felt over that period.
He is developing an effective partnership with Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park and helping Arsenal control games and create an increased number of goalscoring opportunities in the final third.
Speaking about his injury after the defeat at Villa Park, manager Mikel Arteta said:
“I don’t know he had a muscular issue so we had to take him off. He could not carry on playing. We will see the extent of the injury. He wasn’t feeling well enough to continue playing so we had to take him off.”
It is understood that Partey felt some pain in his thigh before signalling to the Arsenal bench that he could not continue. There were fears initially that the player would be out for an extended period of time.
It is now believed that the injury is not serious and the Ghanaian midfielder will spend the next few days recovering ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Leeds on Sunday.