Injured Appiah will miss Nations Cup

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The Fenerbahce midfielder says he will be out of action for two months because of complications surrounding his long-term knee injury.

He has been in Italy for tests, and to get a second opinion, but his doctors have confirmed that he will not be fit.

“The news has come as a bitter blow to Stephen,” a statement on the player’s website said.

“He has been working hard in the last week or so to prove he is fine and fit.”

Ghana coach Claude Le Roy must find a replacement captain.

The statement also thanked the Ghana Football Association for its patience and understanding.

Earlier the GFA it was prepared to give the player as much time as he needed to try to prove his fitness.

Appiah’s absence will be a huge blow to the host country.

As captain, he is an inspirational part of the Black Stars set-up. He led the way as they became the only African side to make it through the knock-out stages of the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

He scored the winning penalty in their match against USA - a victory which sent them through to the Last 16.