According to John Cross in the Mirror, Thomas Partey has undergone a ‘specialist procedure’ to treat a thigh injury, and may not be back in action until 2024.
The Ghana international picked up the problem in a training session ahead of our trip to Sevilla in October, and has been sidelined since.
It has been an injury hit season so far for the 30 year old who started the first three games of the campaign at right back, but picked up a groin problem which kept him out of the next four Premier League games.
He made a comeback in the 1-0 win over Man City, then went on international duty as Ghana played two games in the United States. Over the two fixtures, he played a total of 110 minutes, before returning to Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta explained how they had been cautious with the midfielder, not playing him against Chelsea in order to start him in the Champions League, but the training ground injury put paid to those plans.
Now, according to this report, he looks set to miss the rest of 2023, but obviously quite when he will return is unclear. The manager said ‘weeks’ when asked about him last week, which is unusually open compared to his normal injury information.
Partey’s absence is a blow to Arsenal, and potentially to Ghana who will want him for their AFCON campaign which kicks off in mid-January. Whether he’s fit enough remains to be seen, and there may well be frustration if he does depart on international duty after such a long spell out.
It leaves the Gunners a bit short in midfield, and if Edu and Arteta aren’t planning January reinforcements we’d be very surprised.
This is the latest in a litany of injuries Partey has suffered since he arrived, and at some point you have to ask how sustainable his important presence in the squad is.