Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Ghanaian international Thomas Partey will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) on Saturday to determine the extent of an injury he suffered in the FA Cup game against Manchester City.
Thomas Partey was forced off at half-time of Friday night’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester City after taking a knock to his ribs during the first 45 minutes.
The Gunners went on to lose the game 1-0, with Partey’s absence in the second half undoubtedly having a major influence on the tie.
Speaking after the game, Arteta revealed that Partey had been playing through the pain before eventually having to be replaced at the break.
“He had some discomfort and it was getting worse and worse,” said the Arsenal boss. “He could not continue. No initial diagnosis. Tomorrow, or the day after it will have to be an MRI scan and we’ll see what he has.”
Quizzed if Thomas Partey coming off with a knock reinforces the need to strengthen the squad, Mikel Arteta said:
“Well, at the moment we’ve had the injury of Mo [Elneny] – it’s been impossible to get him fit. Sambi’s come in and I think he’s done well. That’s why we have players.”
“It’s true that Thomas is a big influence. a big personality and an important player in our squad. In the second half, we didn’t have him,” Arteta added.
Arsenal will hope the situation won’t keep Partey out for long. The Ghanaian has been influential for the Gunners in their pursuit for the Premier League title, playing 16 games and scoring 2 goals.