According to Goal.com, Thomas Partey will join up with Ghana during the Interlull having initially been left out of their squad for upcoming AFCON qualification games with South Africa and Sao Tome & Principe.
Arsenal won’t allow the midfielder to play against Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg on Thursday because South Africa remains on the UK government’s Covid-19 travel ban ‘red list’ – inbound restrictions from countries deemed high-risk necessitate a mandatory 10-day spell in quarantine – however, he is free to join his international colleagues for their home game on Sunday 28th March.
Assuming the 27-year-old comes through unscathed and tests negative for Covid on his return, he should have plenty of time to recover for the Gunners clash with Liverpool even though the game has been brought forward to Saturday 3rd April.
Elsewhere, Nicolas Pepe will be available for both of Ivory Coast’s matches during the Interlull. He has an away trip to Niger on Friday and then faces Ethiopia in Abidjan on Tuesday 30th March. We’d previously reported he’d only be eligible for one-game. Oops.
Updated list of Interlullers
Called-up: Leno, Runarsson, Tierney, Cedric, Saka, Odegaard, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Xhaka, Nketiah, Partey, Pepe, Aubameyang (non first team – Karl Hein & Daniel Ballard)
At home: Ryan, Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Chambers, Mari, David Luiz, Ceballos,
Partey, Lacazette, Willian, Nelson, Martinelli