Medical expert: Thomas Partey may have season-ending 'stress' problem as Arsenal fears revealed
It is possible that “mental stress” has played a part in Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey’s latest injury.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Partey, 28, has not featured since he was forced off with a thigh problem in the 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace earlier this month (4 April).
As quoted by club media last Friday (15 April), Mikel Arteta revealed that he is “not very optimistic” that the midfielder will feature again this season.
Partey represented Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year and has been key in the Gunners’ bid for Champions League football.
And Dinnery suggests that the psychological slings and arrows of the season may have taken their toll on his physical condition.
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“We initially thought it was a repeat of an earlier injury he had suffered,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“It’s not uncommon for players to play through the season with minor knocks and niggles, but Arsenal will want to address any underlying issues.
“These underlying issues are more likely to emerge when the body becomes more fatigued with the accumulation of games.
“This is why we see high instances of players breaking down at this stage in the season. There is the physical aspect but also psychological aspects.
“At this stage, pressure and mental stress are ramped up. That can impact the body. These are potentially things that could have impacted Partey.
“It’s all about the relationship between mind and body. There’s fatigue coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations as well, which could also be a factor.“
Partey has registered two goals and one assist in 26 appearances for the Gunners this term.
Arteta’s side ended a run of three consecutive losses last night (20 April) with a 4-2 victory at Chelsea.