Arsenal have struggled with injuries from the opening day of the season after Jurrien Timber was substituted midway through the game with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury). Three games into the season, the Gunners also lost Thomas Partey through injury and both players have not featured for the team since then.
Other players who have succumbed to injuries this season include: Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus, Emile Smith-Rowe and even Oleksandr Zinchenko. But some of these players are back to full fitness, contributing as the team aims to make another attempt at winning the Premier League title that has eluded them since 2004.
Summer signing Declan Rice was substituted with a thigh strain against Crystal Palace on Saturday, however Arsenal’s record signing is expected to be fit for the game against Nottingham Forest next week after the injury was reported to be a minor knock.
Thomas Partey who has been out of action since October is also expected to return ahead of the weekend Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest. The Ghanian is set to return to full first-team training this week.
The duo hasn’t played together since October 2023 and have only featured alongside each other on only 4 occasions this season. Both midfield stars are reportedly available for selection for next Tuesday’s trip to the City Ground.
Declan Rice, who has been on top form this season has started every Premier League game since signing for the Gunners and is expectedly to feature in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI on Tuesday. Thomas Partey at the same time hasn’t played a game for the Gunner’s since October after undergoing a groin surgery which resulted in his not being called up to Ghana’s AFCON squad.
Eyebrows were raised on Rice’s injury, but latest reports reveal the midfielder was just suffering from tightness and will not miss any of Arsenal’s upcoming games.
The Gunners, having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool will have a bit of a break this weekend as the FA Cup 4th round will be played this weekend.