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2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers: Thomas Partey could be available for Sao Tome game

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has hinted that Thomas Partey could be available for Ghana’s final home game against Sao Tome.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been left out of Ghana’s 28 man squad for the doubleheader against South Africa and Sao Tome.

Ghana will be hosted at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on March 25.

The Black Stars sit tops but tie on points with next opponents South Africa who they will be facing with a weak squad next week.

“The ones that are going to be in red zone countries, they won’t be able to play those fixtures, the rest we have to allow them to go if they are fit and we will stick to the protocols and all the guidance we have to try to allow our players to go when they are safe,”  Arteta said on Wednesday.

“Some might be able to play one game and not the next game so it’s a lot still to figure out. The doctor is in constant communication with the Premier League and the federations but it’s not too simple,” Arteta added.

A defeat in Johannesburg would put the Black Stars under immense pressure to defeat São Tomé in the final qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium on March 28.

The top two teams in Group C will qualify for the COVID-delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament which will be staged in Cameroon next year.

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