The Ghana Football Association has written to Arsenal, demanding for the release of midfielder Thomas Partey for further medical assessment by the local authorities amid reports of a groin problem.
The 28-year-old is a major doubt for the crunch 2022 Africa World Cup qualifying matches against Ethiopia and South Africa following the latest setback.
Partey missed the Gunners 1-0 win over the Hornets after complaining of tightness in his groin.
The deputy Ghana captain has not travelled to meet up with the squad yet, though, as both club and country do not want to risk aggravating a possible groin issue.
Partey is unlikely to play in Ghana’s match against Ethiopia on Thursday, but he could be used for the game with South Africa on Sunday.
But the Ghana FA has requested for the release of the midfielder for further observation by the association’s medical experts.
However, a decision on that has not been made yet and will take place once more is known about the midfielder’s groin problem.
Ghana have already had 15 players link up ahead of their World Cup qualifiers and they played in a friendly against Division One League side Golden Kick on Monday.
Ghana won the match 5-1, with Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew getting on the scoresheet. Further players are due to join the squad today.