By Ben Dinnery

3rd Feb, 2023 | 11:00am

Injury expert issues ‘huge’ Thomas Partey claim amid Arsenal MRI development

Thomas Partey cannot be ruled out of starting for Arsenal against Everton after the test results from his chest injury came back positive.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Mikel Arteta decided to take Partey off at half-time during Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Man City last week after the Gunners midfielder complained of pain around his ribs and chest.

Following the full-time whistle, Arteta confirmed Partey “had some discomfort and it was getting worse and worse.”

The 29-year-old underwent an MRI scan later in the week to provide further insight into his injury.

Dinnery has now confirmed that the results from both the MRI scan and further assessments by the club have provided positive news.

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The initial assessments for Partey’s injury came back fairly positive,” Dinnery told Football Insider’s Sean Fisher.

There is certainly nothing too serious in terms of an injury to his ribs or chest.

Arteta said he was hopeful that Partey’s substitution was a precautionary withdrawal, but he did mention that the pain and discomfort was getting gradually worse.

But the tests and initial evaluations have come back with positive news.

Arsenal certainly can’t rule him out of starting this weekend’s game at Goodison Park, so that’s a huge boost.

The area may need to be protected, and there isn’t a 100 per cent guarantee that he will be fit – it’s a decision that will depend on his training.

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