Thomas Partey’s injury more serious than first feared

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has disclosed that Thomas Partey’s injury is more serious than Arsenal first feared and says he will miss the next ‘few games’.

Thomas Partey last featured for Arsenal on November 8 in a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium. The €50 million summer signing picked up a thigh injury in that game and was replaced by Dani Ceballos at half time.

The injury ruled Thomas Partey out of international assignment with Ghana, he stayed in London for treatment and was expected to be back after the international break.

However, things hasn’t so far gone as expected and manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that Partey will miss few more games for Arsenal.

“I don’t think he will be with us in the next few games,” said Mikel Arteta to the club’s website after the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Sunday.

“We have been missing a lot of players. We have many, many different issues, but I don’t like to use that excuse.

“At the end of the day, we are all the time really close to winning football matches and we end up losing it in the last few games.

“This is only in our hands with the players that we have. It is what we have to do. We cannot change that. It is in our hands.”

When asked whether Partey’s issue was more serious than first thought, Arteta added: “Yes.”

According to Darren Arsenal, Thomas Partey will not return until early January, meaning he will be unavailable for Arsenal’s hectic fixture congestion in December.

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