Ghana’s Atsu out of Sudan game
Midfielder Christian Atsu has been ruled out of Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier due to an ankle injury.
The 21-year old sustained an injury barely 10 minutes into FC Porto’s one all draw with Maritimo in the Portuguese Primera Liga on Sunday. He had to be replaced by Silvestre Varela.
A close source told GNA Sports the talented winger who will be out of action for an unspecified weeks has communicated the development to the technical team of the Black Stars. Atsu, according to the source is currently hobbling on crutches due to his ability to walk.
The midfielder was said to have been transported on a stretcher; assisted by two security guards unto the FC Porto team bus after the game.
The news will serve a big blow to Coach Kwesi Appiah’s quest to wrestle the maximum points from the Sudanese to oil the Blacl Stars path in the qualifying series.
Meanwhile, England-based Emmanuel Frimpong is expected in camp by the close of Monday despite reports of groin injury over the weekend. The midfielder, one of four newcomers for the Sudan tie was left out of the Fulham squad that beat Tottenham Hotspurs by a lone goal in the English Premier League on Sunday.
GNA Sports is reliably informed that the 21-year old was rested by Martin Jol as a precautionary measure.
Frimpong, who has on countless occasions made public his thirst to don the Black Stars jersey is in line for his much awaited debut, at his place of birth, Kumasi.
Coach Appiah is not expected to name a replacement for Atsu, who will be sitting out on a Stars game for the first time since last September.