Partey injury-free confirmed, Nketiah suffers ankle injury – Reuters Sports News


Arsenal have confirmed that the injury suffered by Thomas Partey last weekend will rule him out for the start of the new season.

The Ghanaian suffered an ankle ligament injury during the pre-season meeting with Chelsea, and the club have said they hope he will be back in training in “about” three weeks.

That more than likely means we won’t see him until after our first three games against Brentford, Chelsea and Man City, and the international break. It looks like the home clash with Norwich on September 11 will be where he returns.

Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah was also sidelined with an ankle problem in the same match, with a four-week deadline for his return to training.

The striker has just 12 months left on his contract and turned down an extension, so his future was already in doubt. The Gunners reportedly turned down a £12m offer from Crystal Palace last month, and it now remains to be seen whether that injury will deny his chance of a move elsewhere before the window closes on August 31.

There’s a more vague update on defender Gabriel Magalhaes who pulled out of the Brazilian Olympic squad due to knee tendonitis. He has apparently completed a rehabilitation course in Mexico and will now return to London to continue his recovery. Arsenal say they will be back in contention in the ‘next’ weeks.

Mikel Arteta’s men face Sp*rs in the Toilet Bowl on Sunday afternoon, the final game before the start of the new season, and the manager will be crossing his fingers that his players get through this one with both a win and a good health.

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