Ghana name injured Arsenal star Thomas Partey in squad ahead of friendlies | Football

Thomas Partey was Ghana's Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 (Image: Getty)

Thomas Partey was Ghana’s Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 (Image: Getty)

Ghana have called up injured Arsenal star Thomas Partey to their squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua.

Partey has missed Arsenal’s last three games and has not featured in a matchday squad for the Gunners since the 3-0 win at Bournemouth last month.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gave an update on Partey after the club’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday, saying: “It will be him [ruled] out for a while’.

‘[Partey is] will be out for a while, but we don’t know how long that period will last,” Arteta said.

“Obviously it’s not the first injury he’s had in that area so it’s a recurring injury so the doctors need to schedule it and see how he’s doing.”

However, the 29-year-old midfielder will return to his national team as the Black Starts prepare to face Brazil on September 23 and Nicaragua on September 27.

Partey is a key player for Ghana, having won 40 caps since his first call-up in 2016 and being named the country’s player of the year in 2018 and 2019.

In 2018 he was also named Sports Personality of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) and earned a spot in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Team of the Year.

Partey has made a total of 62 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Atletico Madrid in 2020 for £45m.

He had a lot of success with Atletico, winning La Liga, the Europa League and the Super Cup and also finishing runners-up in the Champions League.

He will now try to help Arteta’s side qualify for the Champions League after they failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League for six straight seasons.

However, the Gunners have started the season strong and are top of the table after the first six games of the season.

Arsenal won their first five in a row – beating Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bournemouth, Fulham and Aston Villa – before losing at Manchester United on Sunday.

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