Ghanaian and Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Teye Partey after been names in the Ghana Black Stars team to face Ethiopia in the world cup qualifiers in South Africa is set to miss out on his callup due to a knock he picked up during training.
The influential midfielder’s injury and possible absence would be massive blow for the Black Stars as they need maximum points against Ethiopia in Johannesburg and Bafana Bafana in Cape Coast to be able to qualify to the Qatar 2022 world cup.
After English Premier League side Arsenal announced on Sunday that their midfielder is nursing a tight groin and is unavailable for selection against Watford, Ghana has to start looking for a possible replacement for the versatile midfielder as they monitor his recovery.
Partey who suffered the tight groin injury in training has been home since November 4 and was not included in Arsenals fixtures for the weekend.
With the versatile Ghanaian player nursing his injury, It is unknown whether he would be ready to join the Black Stars on their important take in their bid to qualifying for the world cup.
Partey has been included in Ghana squad for the must-win games for Ethiopia and South Africa on November 11 and 14 respectively.
Head coach Milovan Rajevac needs his best players for the games and Partey is certainly one.
His potential absence could affect the team’s chances of progressing to the play-offs and staying on course to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
Partey missed the first two games of the qualifiers due to injury and the Black Stars picked up just three points. He returned for the double-header against Zimbabwe and scored two great goals to help the team secure six points. Black Stars will only qualify for the March playoffs if they beat Ethiopia in Johannesburg and South Africa in Cape Coast.
With South Africa on top of the group, Ghana needs maximum points against Ethiopia to ensure they stay in the race for qualification.