Injured Appiah named in Ghana squad

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Appiah has been told he has no chance of playing because of long-standing injury problems, but Leroy wants him to act as an inspiration to the squad.

Also in the line-up is the youngster Quincy Owusu Abeyie, who has yet to be cleared to play for the Black Stars.

He has played for the Dutch Under-21 national side, and football’s world governing body Fifa meets to decide his case just five days before the big kick-off in Accra.

If Abeyie makes the final cut, and Fifa decides against him, Ghana could be forced to pay a fine if they want to replace him. The squad needs to be trimmed to 23 in time for the deadline of January 10.

LeRoy says he wants his injured captain to play a big part in the Black Stars push for glory on home soil.

“I want Appiah to join us for our training camp and if possible to be with us during the tournament as well,” the coach told the Ghana FA's website.

“We will use him as a special adviser because he can bring a lot to the team even without playing.”

Ghana are heading out to Dubai to prepare for the tournament, which they are hosting.

Injured players Laryea Kingston and Baffour Gyan have been given more time to declare themselves fit.