Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Elneny: Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of FC Zurich
Despite the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, one the positives for Arsenal was the fact that Aaron Ramsdale, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard all started the game.
The key trio were all doubts for the match at Old Trafford. Ramsdale and Odegaard suffered knocks in the win over Aston Villa, while Zinchenko missed out on the matchday squads against Villa and Fulham through injury. All three players appeared to come through the game against United unscathed.
However, it looks as though there is a fresh injury concern within the camp, with a clash against FC Zurich in the Europa League up next. With that said, Gunners247.com takes a look at the latest injury updates within the Arsenal squad.
The game against United was the second game in a row Partey has missed. The midfielder is currently suffering from a tight right thigh, but he could be eyeing a return sooner than expected.
Reports suggest that the 29-year-old could return to training as soon as this week, with the midfielder also being called up for the Ghana national team for some upcoming friendlies. While Arsenal won’t want to rush him back too soon, his presence in the side could be crucial over the next few months and weeks.
Arteta said: “With Thomas (Partey), hopefully we are talking weeks or even shorter than that, I hope.”
Emile Smith Rowe
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Smith Rowe injured himself in the warm down session after the defeat against the Red Devils. The 22-year-old came on as a late substitute at Old Trafford, replacing Martin Odegaard as part of a triple change.
Ornstein reported that the midfielder looked ‘distressed’ as he walked back to the changing room with assistant coach Carlos Cuesta. It remains to be seen how severe Smith Rowe’s injury is.
Gunners247.com understands that the Egyptian is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
“With Mo (Elneny) probably it is a little bit easier and we are talking months,” said Arteta.
Nelson is yet to feature this season after sustaining an injury last month and he is still on the road to recovery.
Arteta said: “It’s a muscular injury; hopefully, he will be back soon. (We don’t know how long for) yet. They need to do another test.”
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