Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of West Ham clash

Arsenal came through an intense test against Liverpool at Anfield to maintain their position as Premier League leaders.

The Gunners drew 1-1 against the Reds and will face West Ham at the Emirates Stadium in their next Premier League fixture after Christmas.

Kai Havertz will miss that game after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the draw against Liverpool. However, Mikel Arteta will have the likes of Jorginho and Mohamed Elneny available for selection once again after both players were included in the matchday squad at Anfield on Saturday evening.

 

Thomas Partey

Partey has undergone a ‘procedure’ which is set to keep him out for the remainder of the year.

Arteta recently provided a fresh update on the 30-year-old’s rehabilitation process but did not make it clear if he will be fit to face Liverpool in their FA Cup third-round clash at the start of 2024. Arsenal are hopeful of Partey returning for the FA Cup clash against Liverpool before heading to AFCON.

Injury: Thigh

Expected return date: Liverpool (H) – January 7

What Arteta has said: “He’s still finalising his rehab. He hasn’t trained with the team yet.”

 

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Tomiyasu suffered a calf injury in the second half of Arsenal’s clash against Wolves and he’s expected to be out of action until the new year. Arsenal are hopeful of Tomiyasu returning for the FA Cup clash against Liverpool before heading to the Asia Cup with Japan.

Injury: Calf

Expected return date: January

 

Fabio Vieira

Vieira has been nursing a groin issue and underwent surgery on the injury. The former Porto man has struggled so far for game time under Arteta and his latest setback is likely to provide further woes.

Injury: Groin

Expected return date: Mid to late January 2024

 

Jurrien Timber

Timber, who joined the Gunners from Ajax in summer, suffered a devastating injury on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. At the end of the first half of Arsenal’s clash against Nottingham Forest, the 22-year-old defender went down clutching his right knee.

As it transpired, Timber’s ACL injury wasn’t as bad as first feared, with the estimate now a return between March and May of next year. Having been pictured most recently on Arsenal’s club trip to Rwanda, there is a growing belief that fans should see the former Ajax man in action before the end of the current campaign.

Injury: ACL

Expected return date : Early 2024