Thomas Partey missed Ghana’s 1-1 draw with Angola due to “small injury issues”, according to Black Stars head coach, Chris Hughton.
Partey was a shock absentee from the Black Stars team that played out the draw in the 2023 AFCON qualifier at the November 11 Stadium on Monday.
The Arsenal midfielder played out the entire duration in Ghana’s 1-0 win over Angola at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on March 23.
However, he missed the game which saw Osman Bukari score the equalizer to cancel out Joao Lucas’ converted penalty kick.
Speaking to the press after the game, Hughton stated Partey’s absence was injury-induced.
“Thomas has some small issues, he has some small injury issues and we felt it was too big a risk to start him,” Hughton said.
Aside Partey, Denis Odoi, Salisu Mohammed, Andre Ayew and Alexander Djiku missed the game to varied injuries.
Black Stars newbie Kingsley Schindler filled in for Odoi at right full back, while Joseph Aidoo came in for Djiku.