Mikel Arteta admits Thomas Partey’s thigh injury is worse than first through and the Ghana international is likely to miss several more games.
The summer signing picked up the problem early in the first half of the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa but played on until the break. He subsequently spent the international break undertaking intensive rehab at London Colney but appears to be some way off a return.
Partey has already missed three games and will definitely miss next weekend’s North London derby. If rumours are to be believed, he could miss the whole of December, a month in which we play nine games.
After tonight’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves, the boss was asked how important the midfielder is to his side. He said: “I don’t know. I don’t think he will be with us in the next few games but still, we’ve been missing a lot of players.
“We have many different issues but I don’t like to use that excuse. At the end of the day, we are always really close to winning football matches and we have ended up losing them in the last few games and this is only in our hands with the players that we have. It’s what we have to do, we cannot change that. It is in our hands.”
Pressed as to whether the injury was more serious than first feared, he replied: “Yes.”
We wish Thomas a swift recovery. The boss might not admit it, but he’s a big miss with matches coming thick and fast.