Big Blow To Ghana, As Gyan Suffers Ankle Injury


Asamoah Gyan suffered an ankle injury in training.

Ghana’s quest to scale the hurdle of Uruguay in Friday’s quarterfinal game of the ongoing 2010 FIFA World Cup suffered a big blow when key striker Asamoah Gyan suffered an ankle injury in training yesterday.

Asamoah Gyan suffered an ankle injury in training.

The Rennes of France star sat out most of a rigorous two-hour session as Africa’s last hopes prepared for Friday’s World Cup quarter-final cracker.

Though Gyan himself has played down the pains and the extent of the injury, saying he would be ready for the all-important match, indications are that the injury, may have an adverse effect on his performance in the crucial clash

“I felt a knock and it’s a bit swollen, but I don’t think it’s too serious. By Friday I’ll be ready,” he told reporters after a lengthy training session at Mogwase, near the team’s Sun City base.

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Missing from the session were captain John Mensah, midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and winger Dede Ayew, who all picked up knocks in the weekend’s second round win over the United States.

Boateng has a hamstring injury, and is doubtful for Friday, and Mensah suffers from persistent back problems. Ayew is resting an ankle knock plus is suspended for the upcoming clash.

But central defender Isaac Vorsah, who has missed the last two matches for the Black Stars at the tournament in South Africa, participated throughout the training. Gyan, who has scored three of Ghana’s four goals at the finals, said reaching the last eight was a massive achievement for the Black Stars.

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