Gyan major doubt for Ghana


The Udinese striker sat out training on Tuesday and did only light sessions with physical trainer Stefano Terelli as he nurses a groin injury that nearly kept him out of the Nigeria quarterfinal.

That injury, LeRoy says, could keep him out of the semifinal.

“Maybe we will be without Asamoah Gyan,” LeRoy told reporters at the team’s final training session. “His injury is not so serious, but maybe we cannot take risks with that sort of thing for a major game like this. It’s a small groin injury and we might have to wait a few hours before the game before making a conclusive decision on him.”

If Gyan is ruled out, it will mean Ghana will play its most important game yet of the Nations Cup without two key players with captain John Mensah suspended for the semis after he picked up a straight red card in the quarterfinal victory over Nigeria.

LeRoy says that his side will miss the duo, but is adamant he has got enough depth in his squad to be able to cope.

“We brought 23 players and within that set-up I have players prepared to step in and ensure we will be present for the final on Sunday.”

In the absence of Mensah, Russia-based Shilla Illiasu is tipped to start his first game of the tournament, while Laryea Kingston is likely to be restored to the line-up in place of Gyan.

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