Mikel Arteta has given an update on Thomas Partey’s injury status, as the Arsenal midfielder was not included in Ghana’s AFCON squad.
Partey has faced a series of muscular injuries during his time at Arsenal, and the 2023/24 campaign has been particularly challenging. At the start of the season, Arteta implemented a tactical shift, deploying Partey in a new role at right-back.
He could only play in the first three matches of the league campaign before sustaining a groin injury ahead of the clash against Manchester United in September. Although he briefly returned to the squad in October, a thigh injury in training once again kept him sidelined for an extended period.
Partey would likely return in January but Arteta revealed that he is far from getting back to training.
“It was about common sense,” he told reporters. “He had a long-term injury. He really wanted to be with his national team but he’s still far from training for the team and it didn’t make sense for him to be involved.”
Ghana manager Chris Hughton expressed disappointment at missing out on Thomas Partey, considering him a key figure in the Black Stars’ midfield. More concerning for Hughton is the fear that the current injury could be the “biggest” Partey has faced in his career.
“I’ve spent a lot over this period of time with Thomas and also engaging with the medical staff at Arsenal Football Club,” Hughton said. “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.”