Thomas Partey is pushing to make his injury comeback this week, but there’s little certainty around the timeframe at this stage.

Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Fred (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

In their pre-Rapid Vienna team news update, Arsenal remained vague on the exact timeframe of Thomas Partey’s return. They wrote that he’s “progressing with his rehabilitation” without any mention of a possible comeback date.

TheAFCBell then posted a more positive update, writing that despite the lack of an official return date, there’s a possibility Partey could make the squad to face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

However, he wouldn’t necessarily start the match, and it would all depend on whether he can pass late fitness checks this weekend.

Mikel Arteta then gave a similar update, suggesting that Partey is ‘pushing’ to be involved in the North London derby, but he hasn’t trained with the team again yet and still needs to pass further tests before he can do so.

“We need to scan him again to see how it has healed,” Arteta said. “I know if it is, Thomas wants to play tomorrow! Then we have to see medically that he is safe to participate this week at all.

“We don’t know (if he can play against Spurs). Again, he is really pushing. Every day he is trying to get around the doctor and the physios. He hasn’t trained with the team yet. So this week let’s see if he can get a session or two.”

It’s still a bit worrying that the problem is dragging on like this. It seems like Partey could be in contention for each and every game until a day or two before it – when he’s ruled out again.

I’d like to believe it’s just the medical team being cautious, and when he returns it’ll be the start of a long run of games.