Partey to miss Ethiopia match

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Thomas Partey is likely to miss Ghana’s match against Ethiopia but could be available for the South Africa clash.

The 28-year-old is yet to link up with Ghana for international duty due to a groin injury that is being monitored by Arsenal.

Partey missed Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Sunday because of the injury which he suffered in training.

Before that, Ghana had called Partey up for international duty for World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa this week.

He has not travelled to meet up with the squad yet, though, as both club and country do not want to risk aggravating a possible groin issue.

Partey is unlikely to play in Ghana’s match against Ethiopia on Thursday, but he could be used for the game with South Africa on Sunday.

A decision on that has not been made yet and will take place once more is known about the midfielder’s groin problem.

Ghana have already had 15 players link up ahead of their World Cup qualifiers and they played in a friendly against Division One League side Golden Kick yesterday.

Ghana won the match 5-1, with Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew getting on the scoresheet. Further players are due to join the squad before they depart for Johannesburg to face Ethiopia.

Patey, who missed the first two games of the qualifiers due to injury, returned with two goals in the double-header against Zimbabwe last month. The back-to-back wins revived Ghana’s hopes of qualifying for the final round.

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