Ghana confirm Thomas Partey has been exempted from their friendly with Morocco for personal reasons as the Arsenal midfielder returns to Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday.
- Thomas Partey misses Ghana’s friendly match with Morocco on Tuesday
- The Arsenal midfielder has been excused for personal reasons
- Reports in Ghana claimed he was fired for showing up late for training
- But Partey is expected to be back in Ivory Coast on Saturday
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has been banned for ‘personal reasons’ from Ghana’s friendly against Morocco.
The decision was made after Partey met for an hour with Ghanaian boss Charles Akonnor. The midfielder is expected to return on Saturday for the game against Ivory Coast.
Earlier on Monday, GhanaFootballNet reported that the 27-year-old had been “fired” after showing up late for training.
Thomas Partey has been suspended for ‘personal reasons’ for Ghana’s friendly against Morocco
The midfielder is expected to return on Saturday for the game against Ivory Coast.
They claimed that Partey had only checked in two days before the team was scheduled to fly to Rabat for the game against Morocco.
But Ghana clarified the reasons for their vice-captain’s absence in a statement.
They said: ‘Thomas traveled to Cape Coast on Thursday to meet with Coach Charles Akonnor about some personal issues.
According to reports in Ghana, the 27-year-old was fired for showing up late to camp
“After the meeting, which lasted about an hour, the coach apologized to him for the trip to Morocco – and asked him to report to the camp for the second game against Ivory Coast.
“As deputy captain of the Black Stars, Thomas later joined his colleagues in training to show solidarity and support before departing for Accra. The Arsenal midfielder will therefore form a team with the rest of the team on Thursday when the team returns from Morocco.’
Andre Ayew – who recently played for Swansea in the Championship play-off final on May 29 – has joined and will be part of the team.
Partey had a difficult first season for Arsenal as he struggled for form and fitness after joining Atletico Madrid last summer.
He was also reported to have broken Covid rules at an illegal party just hours after the final game of the season against Brighton.
Partey has had a difficult season at Arsenal and is struggling to find fitness and form