Arsenal injury update: Thomas Partey, William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu return dates and latest news
The midfielder is one of the few first-team players to recently visit the treatment room before facing Leeds, having suffered a problem during his absence with Ghana. However, he is confident of a quick return to action.
But Arsenal are also worried about William Saliba, who has limped off in the Europa League and is under constant surveillance.
Eddie Nketiah is another with a question mark over his fitness while Takehiro Tomiyasu and Mohamed Elneny deal with longer-term injuries.
Here are the latest updates on Arsenal injuries and return dates…
Arsenal are facing new fitness issues from Thomas Partey after the midfielder was an unused substitute in Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola on Monday.
However, standard sports understand that he is confident he is fit to face Leeds and he trained with the squad on Thursday.
Ghana boss Chris Hughton revealed after the match that Partey was struggling with “a bit of an injury problem”, casting doubt on his appearance against Leeds at the weekend.
In his post-match interview, Hughton said: “Thomas has a few small issues, a small injury issue and we felt it was too risky to start him. The defensive strategy was for Angola to have some very good technical players, especially in attacking areas, so we knew defensively we had to be good and we had to be solid.
In a bid to ensure Partey avoids injury during the international break, Arsenal have sent club physio Simon Murphy to Ghana with the midfielder.
Saliba was another early victim after Sporting CP, injuring his back within 20 minutes and subsequently missing Arsenal’s victory over Crystal Palace and having to withdraw from Euro 2024 qualifying in France.
standard sports understand that the big worry is whether playing Saliba will make the injury worse with his involvement against Leeds in severe doubt. He missed Thursday’s practice.
Arteta hopes to at least bring him back by the end of the season.
He said: “Back injuries are a bit tricky, how they evolve with the load you put on certain areas as well. But, he is very positive about it, the medical staff is positive about it.
Tomiyasu suffered a knee problem during the early stages of Arsenal’s Europa League exit at Sporting, being sent off after stretching for the ball. The right-back was pictured leaving the Emirates Stadium wearing a knee brace and crutches.
After being evaluated, Tomiyasu was ruled out for the remainder of the season after requiring surgery.
A statement from Arsenal read: “Following his substitution in last Thursday’s Europa League match, subsequent assessments confirmed that Takehiro Tomiyasu suffered a serious right knee injury.
“Tomi underwent successful surgery in London on Tuesday and will be ruled out for the remainder of this season.”
An ankle injury has kept Nketiah out since the start of March, with his last start coming in the dramatic win over Aston Villa.
The return of Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard has helped ease Arsenal’s shortage in the frontcourt, which is just as well as Arteta confirmed Nketiah has a “great challenge” coming back from injury.
Speaking ahead of the international break, the Arsenal boss revealed the striker is still wearing a protective boot as his return to fitness is certainly not imminent.
“He’s getting better,” Arteta said. “It is still in the trunk and still a few weeks away. We must be patient.
“It was a nasty injury and he has a big challenge ahead of him. Thank goodness it could have been worse. So he’s not in a bad place.
Elneny underwent knee surgery in January after sustaining a serious injury in training, and the club later confirmed the Egyptian midfielder would miss an “extended period”.
A more precise timetable for his return has not yet been given, but Elneny is not expected to return until the end of the season. Arteta said, “Mo has undergone successful surgery and will be ruled out for an extended period. A more detailed schedule will be established once the first stages of the rehabilitation have been completed. »