Blow for Arsenal as injury will keep key man out for longer than expected

Date published: Thursday 11th February 2021 4:18 - Samuel Bannister

Thomas Partey could be set for a longer spell on the sidelines than initially expected, according to a report.

Partey joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid in October, but his time in the Premier League so far has been disrupted by injuries.

To date, the Ghana international has been able to start just nine of Arsenal’s 23 league games this season. His last appearance came on Saturday, when he went off in the 74th minute against Aston Villa.

Partey has since been ruled out of Arsenal’s next fixture, against Leeds at the weekend. However, he could miss more than just that match.

According to Football.London, Partey could miss the next two weeks of action. That would also put his availability for games against Manchester City and Leicester, as well as both legs of the Europa League clash with Benfica, in question.

Partey has been unable to build up a rhythm since signing up at the Emirates Stadium. A thigh strain in November ruled him out for a month, before he aggravated it upon his return, meaning he missed a further six weeks.

Arsenal have since tried to manage his fitness more carefully, but they will be without the 27-year-old for another two weeks now.

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Odegaard could make first start

As a consequence of Partey’s absence, the report adds that Arsenal could give a full debut to Martin Odegaard against Leeds.

Odegaard joined on loan from Real Madrid in January, but has played just twice so far. Both of his appearances have come from the bench.

Now, though the Norway international could be ready for his first start in an Arsenal shirt.

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