The Ghana Football Association has claimed that Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has sustained an injury.
The 30-year-old has been left out of the squad to play in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Central African Republic during the international break.
“Arsenal ace Thomas Partey is left out of the Ghana squad due to injury,” claimed the Ghana FA on their official website.
“According to his club, the player picked up an injury in training and could be on the sidelines for a while.
“However, the Black Stars medical team is monitoring the situation.”
The Gunners star will miss the game against Manchester United going by the reports, which would be a blow given that he has started all three Premier League games Arsenal have played so far in 2023-24.
Partey featured at right-back against Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Fulham, starting the first two games.
He was withdrawn after 56 minutes against the Craven Cottage side, with Oleksandr Zinchenko coming on, and Takehiro Tomiyasu could be deployed at right-back against the Red Devils.
The Japan international is available for selection after missing the last game due to a red card he picked up against Palace.
Manager Mikel Arteta could also go with Ben White at right-back and reinstate Gabriel Magalhaes in the starting XI, and it will be interesting to see what the Spaniard comes up with.
Arsenal are yet to confirm anything regarding Partey, but things will get clearer in the coming hours as far as the injury news is concerned.
He has been brilliant in the makeshift role so far this term, and being without him for such a big game is a blow.
The Gunners are already without Jurrien Timber, and losing another key player in defence is not good news.
They will hope Partey returns to action sooner rather than later, and the two-week break is a blessing if he is indeed injured as he can use the 14 days to get back on his feet.
The North London club return to action after the break on September 16 with a trip to Goodison Park to take on struggling Everton.