Arsenal star Thomas Partey will be accompanied by Gunners physio Simon Murphy while on international duty with Ghana, it has been reported.

Partey has only recently returned from a groin injury that kept him out for over a month.

The midfielder has missed four Premier League matches this season with the problem and Arsenal are keen to monitor his progress. Head coach Mikel Arteta is keen to ensure that he is not overused by Ghana this week.

Ghana play Mexico in a friendly tomorrow before making the short trip to the USA for a game on Wednesday. Given the nature of the games, Arsenal are clearly worried that Partey could return with an avoidable relapse of his groin issue.

The 30-year-old played the final 15 minutes of Arsenal’s win over Manchester City last Sunday. But that was his first appearance since he hobbled off in the 2-2 draw with Fulham on August 26.

According to the Metro, Arsenal have taken the drastic decision to send medical expert Murphy on international duty with Partey. The physio will apparently accompany the former Atletico Madrid player for Ghana’s two games.

Arsenal have already seen their injuries pile up this season, but are beginning to welcome back stricken stars from their absences. Gabriel Martinelli marked his comeback from an ankle problem with the winning goal against City last weekend.

Partey remained at Arsenal this season despite the arrivals of midfielders Declan Rice and Kai Havertz. The experienced ace was one of players whose injuries last season derailed Arsenal’s title challenge.

Arsenal – who face Chelsea after the international break – were surprisingly leading the Premier League title race last season, only for a mini injury crisis to take them off track. They ultimately finished runners-up to Manchester City, and Arteta is keen for Partey to lead the North Londoners to success this term having convinced him to stay.

“Thomas Partey is a super-important player for us and for me and we want him to be in the team. They (Partey and Rice) can play together.

“That was in my plans – if you want to improve the squad and have more quality we need players who can play together and need players in the same positions who have to fight for their places.

“It’s something we haven’t had in the last few years. We want to improve that and that’s why we brought in Declan as well. Every time I spoke to him [Partey] and had a conversation with him he’s ready to stay with us.”