Ghana has excluded Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey from their final 27-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite being initially named in the provisional squad, Thomas Partey has been excluded from Ghana’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations squad. His absence is due to an ongoing recovery from a thigh injury sustained earlier in the season.
Speaking to reporters after disclosing the final squad, Ghana manager Hughton said, “Thomas Partey for sure, and I say this not in a detrimental way to the squad that we have, but he is one of our most important players. This we know and, withstanding his injury, he certainly would be in the squad. We know the quality of the player that he is. This is a player that has a substantial injury.
“I’ve spent a lot over this period of time with Thomas and also engaging with the medical staff at Arsenal Football Club. They will treat this injury with caution, and so will the player. This is a big injury for him and the biggest injury that he’s had. The most important thing for me as head coach and our association is to give him the support that he needs through this period of time.”
The 30-year-old, who has played in only four Premier League games this season, suffered a hamstring injury in October. His most recent appearance for the Gunners was in their 1-0 victory against Manchester City. Additionally, he participated in the Black Stars squad during the October international break, facing Mexico and the United States.