Thomas Partey to miss at least 4 key games

By on April 7, 2022

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Arsenal star Thomas Partey is set to miss at least four key games after the club confirmed he’s suffered damage to his right thigh muscle.

Partey was substituted midway through the second half during Arsenal’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta admitted it looked like the midfielder had aggravated a recent thigh problem but wanted to wait until further tests were done before speculating too much.

The initial scan results are in and Arsenal have provided an update to confirm Partey has in fact damaged his right thigh. Our No.5 will be assessed over the ‘coming weeks’ and is scheduled to see a specialist to aid his recovery.

A statement on Arsenal.com said:

Thomas has since received further assessments, and a subsequent scan has shown muscle damage to his right thigh.

We will continue to assess Thomas in the coming weeks, during which time he will also receive further specialist consultations.

This doesn’t sound good at all. The club saying he’ll be assessed in the coming weeks and needs to see a specialist suggests the injury is serious. If it was just a 2 or even 3 week recovery I’d expect Arsenal to say so. Therefore, the chances are Partey is going to be out for a minimum of 3-4 weeks, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s even longer. The Athletic says the 28-year-old is expected to be out for ‘a few weeks’.

Even in the best case scenario of 3 weeks, he’s still going to miss 4 key games against Brighton at home, Southampton away and the huge double-header with Chelsea and Man Utd later this month.

I think he’ll also miss the trip to West Ham on May 1st. Depending on the severity of the injury, Partey could be back for the visit of Leeds to the Emirates on May 8th – which is just over 4 weeks away. But it’s vital he’s back for the North London Derby on May 12th!

This is the second major blow Arsenal have suffered in a matter of days as Kieran Tierney was recently ruled out for the rest of the season. Partey and Tierney are two hugely important players, and they are arguably the most difficult men in the team for Arteta to replace.

Let’s see how the boss is going to line-up without them over the coming weeks. It’s important Arteta gets it right as we face a real fight for fourth place following Monday’s defeat to Palace.

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