Prove your health: Grant gets tough on injured players

Ebenezer Assifuah is a doubt for Ghana’s two friendly games against Senegal and Mali following a recent return from injury, with senior team officials rating his chances of playing as 50/50.

The Switzerland based striker has travelled to Ghana’s base in Paris ahead of the international break but in the company of two doctors from his club side Sion who are keen to convince the Ghana coach, Avram Grant that he is not fit to play yet.

The former U-20 striker whose goals were a crucial factor in taking Ghana to bronze at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Turkey has only recently returned from injury and his club bosses fear the rigours of international football will prove too much for the player physically.

But they will have to make their case directly to Grant after the last Nations Cup taught the Israeli a lesson or two about international football. Grant was left unhappy with the confusion between the Ghana Football Association and Leicester City who claimed their Ghanaian midfielder Jeffery Schlupp will be unavailable for the Nations Cup only for him to have recovered and played while the tournament went on.

Ghana did not drag the matter any further but Grant who has insisted playing for Ghana should be a matter of national pride told the executive committee of the Ghana Football Association that he will insist on injured players reporting to the Black Stars for checks with the national teams in cases where there are doubts.

The fears over Assifuah’s availability have clearly influenced the new call ups to the side for the friendly.

Even though defender Baba Rahman and striker Mahatma Otoo are the confirmed injured pair, Grant has called up two strikers David Accam and Richmond Boakye Yiadom as their replacement.

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