Arsenal hope Thomas Partey will be available for Saturday’s game against Leicester City, but the midfielder will not be rushed back.
Partey picked up a hamstring injury in last Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, missing the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates.
The Ghana international was also absent on Saturday as Arsenal came from behind to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park to return to the top of the Premier League.
Partey did not train with Mikel Arteta’s team on Monday and the club will assess him further in the coming days.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Arsenal are hesitant to give a timetable for their return against Leicester this weekend.
Having replaced Jorginho against City and Villa in January and impressing in Saturday’s comeback win against Unai Emery’s side, the club are also under less pressure to bring him back.
If Partey is unable to travel to the King Power Stadium, it is hoped that he will return against Everton for Arsenal’s game with rivals City at the Emirates next Wednesday.
At a press conference last Friday, Arteta did not talk about a possible return date for the midfielder. “We have to reevaluate him today,” he told reporters.
‘He had some discomfort, some muscular discomfort. We have to assess him and see how he is.”
If Partey is unavailable this weekend, Jorginho, who arrived from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, will continue in midfield.
In injury time against Villa, the Italian international hit the post with a superb effort that deflected off Emiliano Martinez and into the back of the net.
“Of course, I did not see it from him. scored from deep.” It’s fantastic,” Arteta said after the game.
“The most important quality he has is that he makes other people look better than you really are.
“He’s already had a huge impact on the lads and staff and hopefully our supporters will see that and give him the support he needs. “I thought he was fantastic today.”