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Arsenal get major injury update as manager explains ‘big’ Thomas Partey problem

Arsenal have been handed a fresh blow in their hopes of welcoming Thomas Partey back to action in the near future after he was left out of the Ghana squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 30-year-old has been out with a groin problem since early November after picking up the issue in training. There was some expectation that the former Atletico Madrid man would return to Mikel Arteta’s squad in the new year but the recent announcement has dampened those hopes.
Ghana head coach Chris Hughton announced his squad for the forthcoming AFCON in the Ivory Coast with Partey nowhere to be seen. It comes as a huge blow for the Black Stars, who would have relied heavily on Partey in the tournament.
Partey had hoped to make his return to action for Arsenal over the course of the festive period but he has continued to sit out. His exclusion from Ghana’s AFCON squad has sent shockwaves around the Gunners fanbase and Hughton’s comments on the midfielder do not provide good reading.
Thomas Partey for sure, and I say this not in a detrimental way to the squad that we have, but he is one of our most important players,” said Hughton.

“This we know and, withstanding his injury, he certainly would be in the squad. We know the quality of player that he is. This is a player that has a substantial injury.
Expected return date : Unavailable

What Arteta has said: “No, nothing has changed yet. We’re not going to have those two [Partey and Tomiyasu] available unfortunately yet.”

What Ghana boss Chris Hughton said: “Thomas Partey for sure, and I say this not in a detrimental way to the squad that we have, but he is one of our most important players.”

“This we know and, withstanding his injury, he certainly would be in the squad. We know the quality of player that he is. This is a player that has a substantial injury.

“I’ve spent a lot over this period of time with Thomas and also engaging with the medical staff at Arsenal Football Club. They will treat this injury with caution, and so will the player. This is a big injury for him and the biggest injury that he’s had.

“The most important thing for me as head coach and our association is to give him the support that he needs through this period of time. From all the information that we’ve been given, the timelines of his recovery and the caution that will be taken, will not meet our timelines for the Afcon.”

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Tomiyasu suffered a calf injury in the second half of Arsenal’s clash against Wolves and was expected to be out of action until the new year. Arsenal were hopeful of Tomiyasu returning for the FA Cup clash against Liverpool before heading to the Asia Cup with Japan. But he was pictured in training ahead of the trip to Fulham and made a surprise return to the squad for the clash, coming off the bench at half-time.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Zinchenko missed out on the clash against Fulham through a calf injury, coming as a huge blow to Mikel Arteta and his side. The Ukrainian international’s issue was only described as “slight” though, with hopes that will mean he is back in action as soon as possible – especially with Tomiyasu set to depart for the Asia Cup soon.

Injury: Calf

Expected return date : Liverpool (H) – January 7

What Arteta has said: “We don’t know. He felt something in his calf. We will scan him tomorrow and see how far he’s going to miss games.”
Fabio Vieira

Vieira has been nursing a groin issue and underwent surgery on the injury. The former Porto man has struggled so far for game time under Arteta and his latest setback is likely to provide further woes.

Injury: Groin

Expected return date: Mid to late January 2024

What Arteta has said: “Yeah we’ve got a problem with him. He’s been having some discomfort. We sent him to see a specialist and the advice was to have an operation in his groin. He did that yesterday. We don’t expect him back this side of the winter break.”
Jurrien Timber

Timber, who joined the Gunners from Ajax in summer, suffered a devastating injury on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. At the end of the first half of Arsenal’s clash against Nottingham Forest, the 22-year-old defender went down clutching his right knee.

As it transpired, Timber’s ACL injury wasn’t as bad as first feared, with the estimate now a return between March and May of next year. Having been pictured most recently on Arsenal’s club trip to Rwanda, there is a growing belief that fans should see the former Ajax man in action before the end of the current campaign.

Injury: ACL
What Arteta has said: “He’s doing really well. He’s going through a really significant injury but he’s flying at the stage that he is right now. The way that he works every day is very satisfying to watch.

“We’re still going to miss him for a long time. The first few steps are crucial for the amount of work they have to do in the knee to get the mobility and the strength back.”

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