Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey could be facing yet another spell on the sidelines because of injury.
The Ghana international suffered a suspected ankle injury in the first-half of the Gunners’ 2-1 pre-season defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, sending fans into a meltdown in the process.
Given the numerous fitness setbacks Partey suffered last season, supporters will be hoping that this latest injury isn’t too serious and won’t cause him miss too much game time.
Although that might be wishful thinking as medical expert Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has offered his opinion on how long Partey could be on the sidelines for.
“Found the specific mechanism of injury for Partey (see picture),” he wrote on Twitter. “This is typically indicative of a ‘high ankle sprain’ aka syndesmotic tear.
“These typically come with a 4-6 week return timeline if a grade 1 injury.
“Recent example is Harry Maguire.”
Harry Maguire, the Manchester United captain, sustained ankle ligament damage at Aston Villa on May 9 and subsequently missed the last three games of the season against Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester City.
Although, he was named in the England squad for this summer’s European Championships and returned to action against the Czech Republic on June 22.
In total that was 44 days that Maguire missed.
If Partey suffers the same fate, he will be available for selection once again from Tuesday September 14 which means he could return for the trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley four days later.
However, he is at risk of missing games against Chelsea and Manchester City later this month.
So it seems that a grade 1 injury will be somewhat of a best case scenario for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, but anything higher could be devastating news before the season has even begun.
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Games Partey could miss:
Carabao Cup second round (TBC)
Manchester City (A)
Norwich City (H)
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