Arsenal released their first Team News of the season. And the news wasn’t great. Thomas Partey will be out of training for approximately three weeks — I wouldn’t expect to see him until at least the Norwich match on September 11th, after the international break. But Thomas wasn’t the only Arsenal player listed on the report.
Somewhat surprisingly, Eddie Nketiah’s name popped up. The striker bruised his ankle in the friendly against Chelsea and is expected to miss four weeks of training. I hadn’t even realized he picked up a knock, let alone a significant one.
The biggest disappointment with Nketiah’s injury, at least for me, is that it diminishes the chances he is sold before the close of the transfer window on August 31st. With Danny Ings going to Aston Villa, the striker carousel had begun to turn in the Premier League. A healthy Nketiah might have been an attractive piece for a mid- to lower-table club that might have had a need up top and some of that Manchester City, Jack Grealish money in their coffers.
Also on the injury report was Gabriel Magalhaes, who “is aiming to be back in training in the forthcoming weeks” following a knee injury picked up in July preparing for the Olympics. Scans revealed joint swelling and previously undiagnosed tendonitis in his right knee. He recently returned to London after rehabbing in Mexico.
I was initially hopeful that he might be back sooner rather than later, but the indefinite period given by the club is a bit concerning. Now that I think about it, tendonitis can be a tricky injury that takes time to heal and can flare up down the road if not handled correctly. The best we can do is trust the Arsenal medical staff and hope he heals fully, quickly, and that it doesn’t become a persistent problem.