After being disqualified from next week’s AFCON qualifier against the Central African Republic by the Ghana Football Association, Thomas Partey is questionable for Arsenal’s match against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Black Stars, led by former Brighton and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, are in first place in Group E right now, but they must win to guarantee their place in the competition proper, which will be held in Ivory Coast in January. Ghana reported Partey “sustained a groin injury during training on Thursday, August 31, 2023″ in a statement made public on Friday. He is currently unavailable, and according to Club Doctors, he will probably be gone for a few weeks. Any injury to Partey is bad news for the Gunners, but it’s a plus that his rehabilitation period could just be two weeks.
Since the transfer window is closed and Mikel Arteta has already chosen to use the 30-year-old as cover at right-back while we deal with Jurrien Timber’s injury, we’ll need to pray that the issue doesn’t get worse.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ben White, and Jakub Kiwior can serve as backup fullbacks for Arsenal in the near future, while Declan Rice and Jorginho are the primary midfield possibilities.