Thomas Partey has returned to Arsenal training ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Lens.
Due to a groin injury he suffered on the eve of the game against Manchester United, Partey has been missing from the Gunners’ starting lineup since before the international break last month.
He missed the 3-1 victory as well as the following games against Everton, PSV, Tottenham, Brentford, and Bournemouth due to this injury.
As the club gets ready for their second Champions League group stage encounter of the season, Partey is back in full training with teammates. Partey is more likely to return for Sunday’s crucial match against championship rivals Manchester City, though.
Partey’s inclusion in the Arsenal team travelling to France has not yet been determined, but his impending availability for selection gives Mikel Arteta a big advantage.
‘He’s been progressing really well in the last two weeks, and he managed to train the last two or three days with the team. That’s great news for us, obviously. He has been very good in the past week.’ Arteta said.
Bukayo Saka was also spotted taking part in Monday morning’s training session which is good news for Arsenal. After picking up a knock during the weekend’s 4-0 victory against Bournemouth and being replaced in the second half, there had been questions regarding the winger’s fitness.
Gabriel Jesus, who needed medical attention near the end of the victory over Bournemouth, was also present during the training session on Monday.
Gabriel Martinelli, however, was not present for the session. Due to a hamstring injury he suffered in the 1-0 victory against Everton, the Brazilian international has been absent for the last four games in all competitions. This suggests he might miss one more match.