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Arsenal hope to welcome midfielder Thomas Partey from a thigh injury in time to face Newcastle United on 9 January.
Partey, a £ 45m summer signing from Atlético Madrid, has been limited to just five Premier League appearances this season due to this recurring injury, which initially came in November’s 3-0 loss to Aston. Town.
He missed two games but came back in a 2-0 loss to Tottenham, only to be forced to retire at half-time after compounding the problem.
According to football, londonPartey has returned to light training once again, but has not traveled with the rest of the Arsenal team that will face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with Mikel Arteta reluctant to risk bringing Partey back too soon.
Instead, the club’s medical staff are considering January 9 as a possible comeback date, and Partey is hoping to appear in what will likely be a rotated team for the FA Cup third-round meeting with Newcastle.
In the absence of Partey, Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny has enjoyed a prolonged streak at the team, but it is the return to form of polarizing midfielder Granit Xhaka that has helped Arsenal achieve a two-game winning streak in the Premier League. for the second time this season. .
Xhaka faced much warranted criticism for a silly red card against Burnley, but after serving his suspension, the Swiss international has come back strong and helped ease the pressure on Arteta.
Partey may not be ready to face West Brom again, but Arsenal is expected to be able to welcome central defender David Luiz and winger Willian, who both missed the two recent victories through illness.
Arteta is also hopeful that he can line up young winger Bukayo Saka, who has excelled in recent weeks but saw his contribution in a 1-0 win over Brighton interrupted by injury.
Arsenal’s recent form has seen them climb to 13th in the Premier League, and they are now just nine points behind the top four.
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