Michael Essien Out Of ACN
Ghana captain Michael Essien has been ruled out of the rest of the African Nations Cup tournament after picking up a knee injury during a Black Stars training session yesterday (Sunday).
Essien underwent scans today in a Luanda hospital to determine the extent of the damage and his prospects for taking part in the rest of the tournament.
They revealed a partially torn medial ligament in his left knee and damage to his meniscus. The injuries will keep him out of football for at least a month, according to Ghana’s team doctor.
Essien arrived in Angola late due to treatment on a hamstring injury and also picked up a knock in an accidental collision with his Chelsea team-mate, Cote D’Ivoire’s Didier Drogba, in Ghana’s opening match on Friday.
And he was already ruled out of tomorrow’s crucial Group B closing encounter with Burkina Faso, which will be the rest of the tournament for the Black Stars anyway, if they don’t win it.
Midfielder Anthony Annan, himself an injury casualty of Ghana’s ill-starred campaign to date, told BBC Sport: “There was no contact from any other player. He turned to make a pass and just went down and those around him say they heard a click.”
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