Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks after pulling up in training last week.
The Ghanaian international was not in the matchday squad for the 3-1 win over Manchester United and it is now expected that he won’t be back before the next international break in October.
It means that Partey could miss up to six more games, including four fixtures in the Premier League against Everton, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Manchester City, in addition to two Champions League group games versus PSV Eindhoven and Lens.
The 30-year-old has undergone a number of scans to determine the nature of his latest injury. It is believed that damage was sustained to muscles in both his thigh and groin.
Partey has had a history of injuries in both those areas since he arrived at the Emirates three years ago, and there will be concerns that he could be out for even longer than the six-week estimate that has been given.
The midfielder has been a regular starter this season, despite speculation about his future at the club over the summer. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta actually deployed him at right-back in the team’s first three league fixtures before he sat out the victory against United on Sunday.
Arsenal have two other players on the sidelines
Mohamed Elneny has still not made a matchday squad so far this campaign. There was hope that he would be back to full fitness by now, having been included in the travelling party for the pre-season tour of the United States.
However, it appears the Egyptian’s recovery from a knee injury is taking longer than expected. He has not played since undergoing surgery all the way back in January.
Jurrien Timber is expected to miss most of this season with an ACL injury he sustained in the 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on the opening day.