Fener suspend Appiah contract

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Fenerbahce have now suspended payment to the player and are looking for a replacement for the 27-year-old ahead of the Uefa Champions League knockout rounds, where they face Spanish La Liga side, Sevilla.

Appiah has been suffering from a blood clot in his knees, which club doctors say could rule him out for up to six months.

Former Turkish national team doctor Mehmet Kurdoğlu, who diagnosed Appiah's condition for Fenerbah├že, said: "Treatment will immediately begin to dilute his blood. This will last for six months and during this period he shouldn't risk any contact that could cause bleeding to any part of his body.

"It is risky for him to head the ball as even this could cause a cerebral haemorrhage. There is a 95 percent chance that he will recover after the treatment and only a five per cent chance of a recurrence of the problem. At the moment he can only do light training," added Kurdoğlu.

The concerns about his health forced the inspirational Appiah out of the Black Stars Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Appiah has struggled with injury all season following surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knees. He has only appeared six times for Fenerbahce, whom he joined for 8-million Euros from Juventus in 2005.