Partey has missed his side’s last two games (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal hope to have Thomas Partey available for Saturday’s game against Leicester City, but will not push the midfielder back.

Partey suffered a hamstring injury ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match against Manchester City that saw him miss out on a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates.

The Ghana international was also absent on Saturday as the Gunners came from behind to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park and regain their place at the top of the league.

Partey did not train with Mikel Arteta’s side on Monday and the club will continue to assess him in the coming days.

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are cautious about setting a timetable on whether they will be ready to return against Leicester this weekend.

The club is also under less pressure to reconcile him, as Jorginho came on as a substitute against City and Villa in January and impressed in Saturday’s comeback win against Unai Emery.

Should Partey miss the trip to the King Power Stadium, it is hoped he will return next Wednesday against Everton, Arsenal’s match against rivals City in the Emirates.

Jorginho has impressed during Partey’s absence (Picture: Getty)

Arteta did not discuss a possible return date for the midfielder at a press conference last Friday. He told reporters, “We need to reevaluate him today.

“He had some discomfort, he had some muscle pain. We need to assess him and see how he’s doing.’

Jorginho, who switched from Chelsea to Chelsea on transfer deadline day, is expected to remain in midfield if Partey is unavailable this weekend.

The Italy international rattled the crossbar with a superb stoppage-time shot against Villa, his shot ricocheting off Emiliano Martinez before entering the back net.

“I certainly didn’t see that quality from him: goals from deep! It’s great to do that,” said Arteta after the game.

“The greatest quality he has is that he makes the rest of the people look better, better than who you really are.

“He’s already having a huge impact on the boys and staff and hopefully our fans can see that too and give him the support he needs. I loved him today.”