Ghana confirm Kwadwo Asamoah absence vs. Ethiopia

Ghana have confirmed that Kwadwo Asamoah will not join the Black Stars for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia after picking up a knee injury.

The utility man was named in Kwesi Appiah’s squad for Sunday’s qualifier against the Walias in Addis Ababa, but misses out after picking up an injury at the weekend.

The 29-year-old was hurt during Inter’s 4-1 defeat by Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.

“Kwadwo Asamoah has been ruled out of the Ghana versus Ethiopia game due to recurrent knee injury,” the Ghana FA statement began.

“The Inter midfielder suffered a swollen knee after their defeat away to Atalanta over the weekend.”

Asamoah has made 10 Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri so far this term after moving from Juventus on a free transfer during the summer, following six successful years in Turin.

“Asamoah would not be available for Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa,” the statement continued.

“According to officials of Inter, Asamoah’s condition has been intermittent and there is the need to seek urgent medical attention.”

The former Udinese man’s international career has been punctured by injury, and Asamoah only returned to the Ghana fold in September after four years of self-imposed exile from the Black Stars camp.

Appiah has opted not to name a replacement.

After two matches, Ghana find themselves third in AFCON qualifying Group F, having taken three points so far, although they’ve played two games fewer than leaders Kenya and second-placed Ethiopia.

Their October double-header against Sierra Leone was cancelled due to the latter’s suspension by FIFA after government interference to deal with alleged corruption in the SLFA.

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