INJURED Arsenal star Thomas Partey has been called up for selection by Ghana for their friendlies later this month.
The 29-year-old has missed the last three Premier League games with a thigh injury.
He hasn't featured since the 3-0 away win at Bournemouth after picking up the problem ahead of the 2-1 victory over Fulham.
It is understood that the midfielder is recovering well, despite not yet taking part in full training.
According to the Evening Standard, there is an outside chance of the ex-Atletico Madrid ace being available for Sunday's clash against Fulham.
But Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is reluctant to rush Partey back due to him being plagued by injuries since he made the move to the Emirates in 2020.
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But news of him being called up to Ghana's national team squad could irritate the Arsenal gaffer.
Ghana took to Twitter on Tuesday morning where they confirmed he had made their team for their friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua.
The Black Stars are keen to field their strongest XI for the upcoming games as part of their World Cup preparations.
Speaking of the player's absence from the team, Arteta said: "We have tried to manage him.
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"A lot has happened since he joined, obviously, and we are trying the best possible way to find the reasons.
“Unfortunately the body and the mind are too difficult sometimes to understand and put a finger on a single thing to try to prevent something happening.
"The attitude of the player is there with his willingness.
"He is really disappointed again obviously as you can imagine and the team needs him.”
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