Sarpei Hands Ghana Fresh Injury Scare


Hans Adu SarpeiGhana’s injury woes have shown little sign of easing in the short-term as Germany based defender Hans Adu Sarpei has suffered a groin injury in their training camp in South Africa.

The Beyer Leverkusen left back sustained the injury in Friday’s friendly with the local second tiers club Swallows FC.

He did not train on Saturday to help his recuperation even though it is thought he would recover well before the tournament starts on 10th January in Angola.

This comes as a new blow to the already injury-ravaged Black Stars with just one week to the African Cup of Nations in Angola.

Influential stars Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston, John Mensah and John Paintsil are all ruled out of the tournament with injuries.

The fitness of Michael Essien is in doubt as he would have just recovered when the tournament starts.

The injuries threaten Ghana’s hopes of winning their fifth African Cup of Nations title for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s dependable midfielder Anthony Annan has still not recovered from the injury he suffered before joining the pre African Cup of Nations camp in South Africa.

The enforcer has been under the watchful eyes of Black Stars team doctors to ensure that he is fully fit when the tournament starts on 10 January.

The Norway-based player has been training alone with the doctors as his tasks have been reduced to just jogging.

This is to ensure that he regains his sharpness and also help him avoid any knocks during training.

The doctors are confident he will be ready to play for the Black Stars when they kick off their campaign on 11th January against Togo.

The Norway-based player is believed to have suffered the injury just before he arrived in camp while training to remain fit for the competition.