July 24, 2024

AFCON Qualifiers: Thomas Partey to miss Central African Republic tie over injury

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will miss Ghana’s match against Central African Republic after suffering a muscular injury in training  with his club, Arsenal.

Ghana is currently leading Group E with 9 points, one point more than second-placed Angola and two points more than third-placed Central African Republic.

The Black Stars only need a point from their last game against Central African Republic to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

The Ghana international was taken to the hospital on Thursday and has undergone an array of tests to ascertain the degree of the injury, which has been identified as a groin and thigh injury.

Head coach Mikel Arteta has not publicly stated a timetable for Partey’s recovery, but it is thought that club physicians estimate Partey to be out for at least six weeks, however considering the player’s history with thigh injuries, the club will take a wait-and-see approach.

Partey will miss vital Premier League games against Everton, Tottenham, Bournemouth, and Manchester City, as well as the club’s return to Champions League action against PSV Eindhoven and Lens.

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