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Thomas Partey returns to full training

by Koolkola

Thomas Partey has returned to full training and should be in contention to feature in Arsenal’s home game with Norwich on Saturday.

The Ghanaian has been sidelined for five weeks with an ankle injury after Ruben Loftus-Cheek scythed him down from behind in our pre-season friendly defeat to Chelsea.

His return is timely given Covid-stricken Granit Xhaka is banned for three games and Mo Elneny is understood to have picked up a muscular problem. The extent of the Egyptian’s problem isn’t yet known but he wasn’t fit enough to travel with his country for this week’s World Cup qualifier with Gabon.

Having missed one, two and three games respectively Nicolas Pepe (ill), Ben White (Covid-19) and Eddie Nketiah (ankle) are all back in training. Gabriel, is also available.

At this point, the other major doubt is Sead Kolasinac. The left-back was the victim of a terrible tackle by France’s Jules Koundé last week and is nursing his left ankle.

With another round of fixtures to take place, we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed that Bukayo Saka, Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Bernd Leno, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu can stay out of harm’s way.

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