Arsenal have confirmed that Thomas Partey has resumed full training with his teammates and could be included in the squad to face Newcastle United in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Ghanaian has played just 45 minutes of football in the last two months after picking up and and aggravating a thigh problem.
In the latest fitness bulletin, the medical team report: “Thomas is now back in full training with the squad after recovering from an injury to his left thigh.
Thomas will continue to work hard to establish match fitness after being out of action for a month. He will be assessed regarding his availability ahead of Saturday’s match.”
At this point, the only other doubt for the game is Gabriel who continues to self-isolate after contracting Covid-19. The centre-back is showing no signs of illness so could be reintegrated by Mikel Arteta later this week.
It’ll be curious to see whether the boss rotates for our defence of The Arsene Wenger Invitational (Plague Island Edition II).
We should learn more when he faces the press later this morning.
Here’s what the boss said about Partey in his press conference: “Well, we have an extra two training sessions [before the game] and we will assess after that whether he is completely fully ready to participate against Newcastle, or if we’re going to leave it another few days for the Palace game. He is training really good, he is comfortable, he is not aware of the injury right now and he has done more than what he already did before he played after the injury against Spurs, so he is in a good place, a good mood and you can see the player he is when he is training.”