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Arsenal star rejects late call-up to national team camp

Important Arsenal splayer has rejected a late call-up to the national team camp and has opted to remain at the club to manage his fitness

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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will remain at the club during the international break despite Ghana’s efforts to call him up. This decision comes amidst concerns about his recent fitness struggles, prompting Ghana to seek his availability for upcoming friendlies against Nigeria and Uganda in Morocco.

Initially left out of Ghana’s squad due to ongoing fitness issues, Partey’s availability was only explored late in the game, with the Ghanaian Football Association reaching out to Arsenal. However, it has been mutually agreed that it would be in Partey’s best interest to focus on rebuilding his fitness in London ahead of Arsenal’s crucial Premier League encounter against Manchester City on March 31.

Partey, who recently returned from a four-month lay-off due to a hamstring injury, made appearances for Arsenal against Sheffield United and Brentford. Despite his return, his fitness remains a priority, with careful management necessary to avoid setbacks.

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Confirming Partey’s decision, the Ghanaian FA stated that the midfielder “asked to be excused to gain full fitness following recent injuries.” This decision follows his absence from the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year due to injury concerns.

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Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has rejected a late call-up to Ghana squad (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arsenal, currently in top form and leading the Premier League, are nearly at full strength for their upcoming clash with Manchester City. However, concerns arose when Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli withdrew from international duty due to a foot issue, following his absence from recent Arsenal fixtures. Gabriel Magalhaes has also withdrawn from the Brazil squad due to perceived injury issues.

Additionally, Arsenal defender Jurrien Timber has returned to full training after recovering from knee surgery, while Takehiro Tomiyasu continues to work on his fitness following a calf injury sustained at the Asian Cup.

Tomiyasu’s omission from the Japan squad for their World Cup qualifiers against North Korea was explained by coach Hajime Moriyasu, who emphasised the need to prioritise the player’s recovery and fitness. 

With crucial fixtures looming for both club and country, the focus remains on ensuring the players’ fitness and well-being, balancing international commitments with the demands of club football.

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