Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, is bracing himself for the absence of Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey, who is expected to be sidelined for a “couple of weeks” following a groin injury sustained during a training session. While Arteta remains concerned about the injury, he clarified that it may not be as severe as initially feared.
This unfortunate injury prevented the 30-year-old midfielder from participating in Arsenal’s exhilarating 3-1 victory against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Furthermore, it appears that Thomas Partey will also be unable to represent Ghana in their crucial final 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against the Central African Republic.
Despite Thomas Partey’s presence in recent Arsenal training images, reports originating from England suggested the possibility of a prolonged absence from the pitch. However, Arteta, in his pre-match comments before the Arsenal-Manchester United clash at the Emirates Stadium, offered a more optimistic timeline for the midfielder’s recovery.
Arteta stated, “It doesn’t look good. We need a few more tests, but he felt something in training and I think he will be out for a couple of weeks.” He further emphasized Partey’s versatility in various positions and expressed regret over his unavailability for the match.
Ghana is scheduled to host the Central African Republic in their final Group E encounter at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Chris Hughton’s team currently leads Group E with nine points, one point ahead of Angola and two ahead of the Central African Republic. Madagascar sits at the bottom of the group with two points. The Black Stars require only one point from the upcoming match to secure qualification for the tournament slated to take place in Ivory Coast next January.