Partey out for close to two weeks

Thomas Partey has been ruled out of action for close to the next two weeks as he rests and recovers from a hamstring strain, according to Chris Wheatley of football.london.

The Ghanaian midfielder was substituted in the last 15 minutes of Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League last weekend. He strained his hamstring during the game and could not continue. 

It was initially thought that his injury was minor and he had an outside chance of being fit for the Premier League game against Leeds United this weekend. Unfortunately, he has been ruled out for the weekend and is also likely to miss the first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League Round of 32 clash with Benfica which is scheduled to take place on February 18th. 

The Gunners are understood to be hopeful of an early return for the former Atletico Madrid midfielder but it has been estimated that he is likely to be out of action for close to a fortnight.

The 27-year-old’s debut season for the Gunners has been far from ideal as he has had to deal with a number of injuries. This season, he has made 16 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions. He is one of the best players in the team when fit but the club and the player will hope to put these injury troubles behind them once Partey returns to full fitness.

The Ghana international has a chance of being fit for the return leg of the North London side’s clash with Benfica in the Europa League.

Arsenal have confirmed that Kieran Tierney will miss the Leeds United game as he continues to recover from a strain to the right lower leg but is aiming to return to training next week. 

Bernd Leno and David Luiz will both be available for selection this weekend after successfully serving their one-match suspensions. Both players were sent off in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to Wolves at Molineux. 

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