Partey out for ‘forthcoming matches’ but David Luiz fit again for Arsenal

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Thomas Partey will be absent for Arsenal’s “forthcoming matches,” while David Luiz’s fitness will be assessed before the Premier League game with Burnley.

Arteta said ahead of Sunday’s game with Burnley that the club had not rushed the midfielder back too soon, but the recurrence of the injury will be a blow and they are not likely to take any chances with the former Atletico Madrid man.

Arsenal issued a fitness update on their official website on Saturday, which read: “Thomas Partey sustained a strain to the left thigh during Tottenham Hotspur away last Sunday.

“This is in the same area of the thigh as the initial strain which Thomas sustained against Aston Villa on November 8.

“Thomas will be unavailable for forthcoming matches and is working hard with our medical team in order to return to training as soon as possible.”

David Luiz suffered a head injury in an aerial challenge that resulted in Wolves forward Raul Jimemez suffering a fractured skull.

The Brazil defender did not feature against Rapid Vienna, Tottenham or Dundalk, but is now back in training and in contention for the game with Burnley.

“David sustained a deep laceration to the head during Wolves at homeon November 29,” the club said. “Due to the significant impact, David has continued to be closely monitored for a concussion and has followed all protocols.

“David is now back in training and his fitness will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match.”

Arsenal confirmed David Luiz had contactedJimenez, who has vowed to be “back soon” following his release from hospital.

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