Following his scan on Monday, the early signs seem to be positive for Thomas Partey, though he will miss at least a game or two.
James Benge reports that the early indications on Thomas Partey’s injury against Spurs are that he’ll miss Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Brentford. But there is optimism the problem isn’t as bad as it might have been.
Chris Wheatley suggests Partey is like to miss the first couple of games, but again, there is optimism he could return sooner than initially expected. Charles Watts confirms that it looks like it could have been worse.
James Olley is the only person to put a rough timeframe on things, suggesting indications are that Partey will be out for a few weeks.
The initial concern about the injury stemmed from a photo showing his ankle twisting outwards and Mikel Arteta’s comments that the problem wasn’t looking good.
But there was a positive sign later in the evening when Partey wasn’t wearing a protective boot for his night out. It seems the club weren’t worried about a fracture, at least, and the scan appears to have come back mostly positive.
It still gives Arsenal a bit of an issue for the first two games of the season, and arguably pushes Albert Sambi Lokonga into the limelight. Mohamed Elneny has been out of form in the last couple of games, so the way is open for Sambi to stake his claim.