Arsenal handed Thomas Partey injury boost ahead of Leeds clash

Partey was forced off against Villa
Partey was forced off against Villa (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Partey’s muscular injury is not considered serious and there’s a chance he could return to action as early as Sunday’s clash against Leeds United.

The Ghana international has struggled with multiple injury issues since arriving at the Emirates from Atletico Madrid last summer and it seemed the Gunners had been dealt another blow when he was forced off in the defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.

Partey was replaced in the second half by Willian and Mikel Arteta admitted after the game that we ‘wasn’t feeling well enough’ to continue.

Partey has struggled with injuries since his arrival at Arsenal last summer
Partey has struggled with injuries since his arrival at Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty Images)

But according to Football.London, the 27-year-old’s injury has not been deemed to be of a serious nature and he could be back in time to face Leeds this weekend.

The report states Partey signalled to the bench to come off against Villa as he felt some pain in his thigh.

Kieran Tierney has also been nursing an upper leg injury which has seen him miss the defeats to Everton and Villa.

However, Football.London say the Scotland international left-back is also hoping that he can play a part in the Leeds clash.

Arsenal’s chances of reaching the top four were dealt a massive blow after successive defeats in the Premier League.

Cedric’s wayward ball in just the second minute of the game at Villa Park allowed Bertrand Traore to play in Ollie Watkins as the striker scored the winning goal for his side.

And after the game, Arteta admitted those blunders don’t happen to teams harbouring ambitions of finishing in the Champions League places.

‘Those [top-four] teams don’t make those mistakes,’ the Spanish boss said.

‘Those [top-four] teams cannot play four or five times in the first 22 games of the season with 10 men. It doesn’t happen. There’s not a team in the world that can sustain that. If you concede a goal early or make an error, the team has to react.

‘The team reacted and we had more than enough to still come back and win the game. If you don’t do one thing, you have to do the other. If you are not ruthless enough in the opponent’s box then of course you are going to lose the game.’

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