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Arsenal injury news and expected return dates ahead of Leeds clash: Partey, White, Saka

by REPUBLIKA ONLINE
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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was ruled out for the rest of the season by manager Mikel Arteta but may have hinted at a surprise return.

Every game is a big game for Arsenal between now and the end of the season as they chase down a surprise place in next season’s Champions League.

With just three games left to play the Gunners sit two points clear of Tottenham in fifth, with a huge North London Derby still to come.

Last time out Mikel Arteta’s side beat West Ham 2-1 to move back into fourth after Spurs had briefly overtaken them earlier in the day.

Next up for Arsenal is a visit from relegation-threatened Leeds United. An ideal game on paper but with Jesse Marsch’s side fighting for their Premier League lives, it could prove dangerous.

A number of players have suffered injury issues for the club this season and this weekend will be no different. With that in mind, football.london takes a look at the latest fitness problems facing Arsenal.

Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey was ruled out for the remainder of the season last month with an injury sustained in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Arsenal looked set to finish the 2021/22 campaign without the midfielder keeping things ticking over in the middle of the park, with manager Mikel Arteta saying last Friday:

“He’s progressing but he had a significant injury, a recurring injury as well, so we don’t expect him to make progress that quickly to see him this season, but hopefully I am wrong.”

However, Partey took to social media on Monday and dropped a hint he could feature again before the final game of the season.

Partey wrote: “Tom X Tom soon,” on a tweet which showed Gabriel Martinelli assisting defender Gabriel, with fans speculating he could be joining Takehiro Tomiyasu back on the field shortly.

Ben White

Ben White was unavailable for the 2-1 win over West Ham United last Sunday, with Rob Holding taking his place in the starting line-up.

Arteta did not disclose when the former Brighton and Hove Albion defender would return, having picked up the injury in the 3-1 victory of Manchester United.

It was initially thought that White would be deemed fit enough to play against the Hammers but having missed that fixture, attention turns to Sunday’s game against Leeds United.

Possible return date: Leeds United (h), May 8

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka was taken off against West Ham, having failed to also complete 90 minutes against Manchester United the week before due to picking up a knock.

However, the England international should be fine to feature against Leeds United according to his manager.

What Arteta has said: “Bukayo was fine, he was really fatigued and he has been through a little injury as well.”

Possible return date: Leeds United (h), May 8

Kieran Tierney

The Scottish left-back will not feature again this season having undergone knee surgery.

Possible return date: Summer 2022

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