Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is likely to start returnee midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah from the bench in Saturday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya.
The Inter Milan ace is not fully fit after limping off from training on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.
GHANASoccernet.com understands coach Appiah will prefer to field combative midfielders against the Harambee Stars who are hungry for a win after losing their opening at Sierra Leone.
Maritzburg United first choice Richard Ofori will be between the stands for the Black Stars and in-form Royal Antwerp right back will be handed a starting slot.
Leicester City's Daniel Amartey will retain his position as a centre back and will be partnered by Udinese new recruit Nicholas Opoku.
Returnee Daniel Opare of Royal Antwerp will operate as left back and MLS star Harrison Afful as right back.
Empoli ace Afriyie Acquah is expected to start as the holding midfielder and his partner will be Ebenezer Ofori of MLS side New York City FC.
Christian Atsu will operate from the left wing and on the opposite side will be Waasland-Beveren star Nana Ampomah.
Leading the attack will be Levante star Raphael Dwamena and Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.
Ghana XI to face Kenya:
Black Stars XI: Richard Ofori-Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Nicholas Opoku, Daniel Amartey-Afriyie Acquah, Ebenezer Ofori, Christian Atsu, Nana Ampomah-Raphael Dwamena, Thomas Partey.