Thomas Partey is a doubt for Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday after the Ghana Football Association ruled the player out of next week’s AFCON qualifier with the Central African Republic.
The Black Stars, managed by former Brighton and Newcastle boss Chris Hughton, are currently top of Group E but need a win to make sure of qualification to the tournament proper which is being hosted by Ivory Coast in January.
In a statement released on Friday, Ghana said Partey had “sustained a groin injury during training on Thursday, August 31, 2023. He is currently unavailable as Club Doctors predict he’s likely to be out for a couple of weeks.”
While any injury to Partey is bad news for the Gunners, the fact the timeline for recovery is as short as two weeks is a bonus.
We’ll have to hope the situation doesn’t snowball, especially with the transfer window closed and Mikel Arteta already opting to deploy the 30-year-old as cover at right-back while we come to terms with the injury to Jurrien Timber.
In the short-term, Arsenal can lean on Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ben White and Jakub Kiwior to cover the full-back positions while in the centre of midfield, Declan Rice and Jorginho are the main options.