Thomas Partey suffered an injury against Aston Villa in Arsenal’s Premier League defeat, so what’s the issue and when will the midfielder be fit?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Thomas Partey of Arsenal is substituted on for Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Thomas Partey of Arsenal is substituted on for Granit Xhaka of Arsenal on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Thomas Partey suffered both a thigh injury and a knock to his ankle against Aston Villa, with an update from Arsenal expected in the coming days.

Reports from TheAFCBell, Thomas Partey would return from injury in time to face Leeds United this weekend. However, there was some confusion of the exact nature of the injury and, as it turns out, no return for him.

TheAFCBell responded by reiterating that there’s no relapse or more serious injury for Partey, insisting the absence will not last long, even if he can’t make it back for this weekend.

The Ghana FA reported Partey had an ankle sprain, whilst Charles Watts wrote that it was a thigh injury. To clear things up, Chris Wheatley tweeted out that it was actually both. He suffered a thigh issue on top of an ankle knock in a collision with Emi Martinez.

Arsenal are expected to provide an official update later this week ahead of the game against Molde but their last update did not seem optimistic Partey would be back for the Europa League. Ahead of the game against Leeds, Arsenal said that Partey “Continues to be assessed, will not be available for this weekend’s match and will continue his rehabilitation”. That doesn’t sound too optimistic for the next few games and we can only cross our fingers that he’s fit in time for Spurs which comes after our league game against Wolves.

Arsenal have already lost Mohamed Elneny from midfield, although he should be back for the Spurs game. There are other options, from Xhaka and Ceballos to Willock and Smith Rowe, but few of them seem to have the same impact on the team as Partey does.

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