Gutted: Gyan frustrated by injury run


Asamoah Gyan is frustrated with the run of injuries which have rocked his season, the Ghana captain revealing that his lack of fitness all season long has hugely affected his output on the field much to the detriment of both club and country.

Gyan’s start-stop season has ensured that the Black Stars skipper is not with the national team which played Senegal on Saturday and face Mali on Tuesday in two international friendlies in France following an injury at his UAE based club, Al Ain that ruled him out for two weeks.

Still marting on his full recovery, Gyan was given a cameo appearance for the last 16 minutes of Al Ain’s UAE Super Cup game against rivals, Al Ahli on Friday after coming on as a 74th minute substitute. The Ghana captain was however powerless to avoid Al Ain losing out to the only strike of the game after 86 minutes at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

“It has been a stressful season for me, I’ve been suffering a lot. I am struggling to play, I have missed three games recently. This is not good for me,” Gyan revealed his frustrations to the press.

“I felt a bit better on Thursday in training and they decided to let me take to the field. Unfortunately we lost, but my health is more important. I have to continue working hard and we will see about the next game if I can be fully fit,” the Ghana goal poacher explained.

The on-off-on injury season has limited Gyan’s appearances for Al Ain with the starting only 10 of Al Ain’s 20 games thus far in the UAE Pro League, a situation that has also limited the player who has won the goal king title in all three hitherto seasons, to fall a staggering 12 goals behind former AS Roma forward, Mirko Vucinic who tops the scoring charts with 23 strikes.

Nevertheless Gyan’s side are well placed to reclaim the Arabian Gulf League trophy boasting a 4-point cushion atop the league standings with just 6 games of the 2014/15 season to go.

‘Yes, it has been a frustrating season but everyone knows what I can do when I am a 100 per cent fit – that is most important for me. I believe in my quality. When I am fit, I know what I can do,” the striker explained.

‘I am a bit frustrated right now. Last season, I played all the games for 90 minutes. I played the AFC Champions League for 90 minutes, then I went to the World Cup and played every game,” he recounted.

The Ghana captain added: ‘It has been a stressful season for me. I am a professional player and I need to take good care of my body.’ Follow @thedonplato

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