Thomas Partey leaves Ghana camp early as Arsenal star suffers blow on international duty

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Thomas Partey is a doubt for Arsenal’s crucial game against Tottenham next weekend after Ghana confirmed the midfielder’s early exit from their national team camp.

A knee problem kept him out of a defeat against Brazil before the weekend and he will also miss Tuesday’s clash against Nicaragua.

A statement read: “Thomas Partey has been cleared to return to London for further assessment after picking up a suspected knee injury on Friday minutes before the international friendly against Brazil.

“The 29-year-old was due to start for the Black Stars but minutes before kick-off he was forced to forfeit after receiving a knock.

“The 29-year-old has been removed as a precaution and replaced by RCD Mallorca midfielder Baba Idrissu.”

Meanwhile, Partey’s Arsenal team-mate Martin Odegaard started Norway’s loss to Slovenia after injury problems for the Gunners captain.

Takehiro Tomiyasu returns to London Colney soon after his international duty.

The defender started and played 90 minutes for Japan in their 2-0 friendly win over the United States in Dusseldorf, a game Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic missed after picking up an injury in training.

Hajime Moriyasu’s men have another game against Ecuador in Germany on Tuesday but Tomiyasu will not play and has now returned to Arsenal due to what have been listed as ‘club circumstances’.


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