CONFIRMED: Kevin-Prince Boateng ruled out of Egypt clash
Ghana’s preparation for the big game has suffered another setback as Schalke 04 midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been ruled out due to a knee injury he suffered over the weekend in a league game against Augsburg.
The 26-year-old forward scored a 16th minute penalty in Schalke’s 4-1 win against Augsburg but he was stretched off later in the game after he suffered an injury on his left knee.
Boateng had tests and scans earlier this week and was hoping he could be cleared fit to play for Ghana in the crucial clash but the results meant he must undergo further treatments, meaning he will miss the World Cup qualifier.
A statement on Ghana Football Association website read: “Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah was hoping further tests on the left knee problem could clear Boateng to play for Ghana in the match.”
“But the tests in Germany have revealed that Boateng must undergo treatment for the injury which means he will not be available for the match against Egypt.”
The former AC Milan attacker has now joined John Boye, Rabiu Mohamed and Jonathan Mensah on the injury list of BlackStars players who will miss this game. Espérance defender Afful Harrison will also miss the game due to suspension.
The Ghana Football Association further went on confirm that “No player will be called up to replace Boateng in the squad” and the coach will deal on the remaining 24 players left.
The first leg of the tie is scheduled for Tuesday 15th October in Kumasi and the return leg is 19th November in Cario, the winner of both legs will qualify for the World Cup next year in Brazil.
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