Thomas Partey pulls out of Ghana’s squad to face Sudan

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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will not be available for Ghana’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sudan.

Thomas Partey was handed a call-up by Black Stars manager CK Akonnor for a double AFCON qualifier against the Falcons of Sudan this month.

Howbeit, the €50m summer signing picked up a thigh injury and was replaced by Dani Ceballos at half time in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.

Speaking to the media after the game on Sunday, manager Mikel Arteta said he’s unsure of how long Thomas Partey will be sidelined.

“We have to scan him tomorrow or the day after and see what he felt straight away,” said the Arsenal manager. “Let’s wait and see what the magnitude of the injury is.”

“I don’t know [if he will go away with Ghana now]. As I said, the doctor will have to have a look at him and probably scan him. Then we will decide what to do with him.”

In a new development, British Journalist Charles Watts has confirmed that Thomas Partey won’t be linking up with the Black Stars for the two qualifiers and will stay in London to receive treatment.

Thomas Partey will hope to be fit for Arsenal’s game against Leeds United on November 22 at Elland Road after the international break.

Ghana will play Sudan at the Cape Coast stadium on Thursday, November 12, before travelling to Khartoum to face the Falcons five days later in the reverse fixture.

The Black Stars currently sit first in group C with 6 points after beating South Africa 2-0 and São Tomé and Principe 1-0.

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