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'I'm giving up on Partey' - injury curse strikes Ghana midfielder again

4:28 AM MYT 24/09/2022
Thomas Partey Ghana
The Black Stars midfielder picked up a knock during the warm-up just before Ghana took on Brazil, and had to be replaced by Iddrisu Baba

Arsenal fans online expressed their worry and disappointment after Thomas Partey picked up an injury during the warm-up before Ghana’s friendly match against Brazil on Friday.

The Arsenal midfielder, who was set to start the high-profile encounter, had to pull out of the starting XI and was replaced by Iddrisu Baba, leaving Gunners fans worried given the player only recently returned from a three-week injury lay-off.

The news will be particularly disappointing for Mikel Arteta, with Arsenal's medical team having been in touch with their Ghana counterparts ahead of the fixture in order to advise the Black Stars on how best to manage the midfielder's fitness.

Next up, the Gunners face Tottenham Hotspur in the North London, but they now face an anxious wait to see if Partey will be available.

Fans of both Arsenal and Ghana were quick to take to social media to weigh in on Partey's latest setback.

After going down 3-0 courtesy of goals from Marquinhos and Richarlison in the first half, Ghana upped the ante after the break to avoid conceding further goals and should have pulled one back had Andre Ayew’s header not hit the crossbar.

However, some fans did not see anything positive from Ghana's display.

Ghana's change in fortunes came about after coach Otto Addo went for a back five which nullified Brazil’s threat, especially from wide areas, with the Samba Boys having little room to cause further damage.

Ghana will take on Nicaragua, ranked 139th in the world, in their next friendly match at the Francisco Artes Carrasco Stadium in Lorca, Spain on September 27.