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Ghana hit by Boateng injury blow


ACCRA — Schalke midfield star Kevin-Prince Boateng is expected to miss Ghana’s crucial World Cup football qualifying first leg clash with Egypt after picking up an injury in a club game.


Boateng opened scoring from the spot for Schalke to inspire a 4-1 comeback win over visitors Augsburg in the German Bundesliga on Saturday, but limped off the pitch in the 68th minute due to the suspected knee injury.

The player says a scan should have the final word.

“I got a blow out, it is swollen, we must wait and see. I had some pain and was hoping it will go away. Knees – that’s always been my problem area,” Boateng said.

The extent of the problem is not known, but the Germans are said to be reluctant to release the influential playmaker for the play-off tie against the Pharaohs on October 15 in Kumasi.

“I fear that he (Boateng) has to cancel his invitation for the national team,” reports in Ghana quote Schalke sports director Horst Heldt as saying.

His absence would deepen the Black Stars injury woes after the earlier withdrawals of John Boye, Mohammed Rabiu and Jonathan Mensah. The Black Stars will start training for the game in Accra on Tuesday before flying to Kumasi the day after.

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