Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey missed Ghana’s international friendly against Brazil after picking up an injury in the warm-up.
The 29-year-old was due to start for the Black Stars in France on Friday night but was forced off just minutes before kick-off after picking up a knock.
The Ghanaian did not reveal the nature of the injury, but it will be a big problem for Arsenal, who face Tottenham at the Emirates immediately after the international break on October 1.
This will serve as another strong injury blow for the former Athletic Madrid star who has already missed three games this season with a knee injury.
He returned to Mikel Arteta’s starting line-up in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday, but he could now be set for another spell in the side. Partey previously started and started Arsenal’s first three matches of the season.
The midfielder has had a string of injury problems since his £45million move from Atletico in the summer of 2020, missing 10 Premier League matches in his first season in England with muscle and thigh problems.
After starting last season with an ankle problem, Partey missed Arsenal’s last nine matches of the campaign.
Arsenal entered the international break with several other injury problems, with Martin Odegaard and Aleksandr Zinchenko both having calf issues.
Odegaard has joined the Norway squad, with manager Ståle Solbakken even suggesting he could help the team as a coach if he is ruled unfit for the matches against Slovenia and Serbia.
“We have a regular dialogue with him [Mikel] Arteta and Arsenal’s health sector, as it is called in Danish. Nothing has been decided there, so there is still hope,” Solbakken said on Monday.
“He is sick now. Now it’s a matter of making a final decision on whether he can participate in both games or just one. We will surely see him in Norway, either as a player or as a “fourth coach”. It means a lot to have him.”
Recent reports suggest that both Odegaard and Zinchenko are expected to be fit for the visit of Antonio Conte’s side.
Arsenal are top of the Premier League after seven matches, having won six of them with the only blemish coming in defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Hot on their heels are Tottenham, however, in third place with 17 points – level with Manchester City.
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