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19.01.2010 Football News

Addo doubtful for Burkina clash after malaria attack

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Ghana defender Eric Addo is highly doubtful for Tuesday's Africa Cup of Nations must-win game with Burkina Faso because of illness.

The Holland-based centre-back failed to turn up of training with the Black Stars on Monday night because of malaria.

Black Stars doctors have been working around the clock to get him fit for the must-win tie against the Stallions.

But if he does not recover in time for the game in Luanda, Bechem Chelsea defender Lee Addy will step in.

Addo joins the ever growing number of Ghana players who are on the injury list, further decimating the squad.

Even though Anthony Annan has recovered his fitness during training show that he might not be able to start the game.

Ghana had already been ravaged with injuries before the tournament as key players Laryea Kingston, John Mensah, John Paintsil and Stephen Appiah missed the trip to Angola because of injuries.

While in camp midfielders Anthony Annan, Hans Sarpei and Essien also suffered injuries which ahs further decimated the Black Stars.

Rajevac is set to field a team whose backbone will be formed by players who won the under-20 World Cup in Egypt last October.

If Ghana win, they will finish second in Group B behind Ivory Coast, who have already qualified, and will play their quarter-final game in Luanda against hosts Angola on Sunday.

If they fail to take all three points, Burkina Faso, who held Ivory Coast 0-0 in their opener, will go through and will take either first or second place of the group depending on their goal difference.

The first-placed team in Group B will play their quarter-final in the northern enclave of Cabinda on Sunday against Algeria.

Ghana probable line-up - Richard Kingson, Samuel Inkoom, Hans Sarpei, Isaac Vorsah, Lee Addy, Agyemang Badu, Haminu Dramani, Kwadwo Asamoah, Matthew Amoah, Asamoah Gyan, Dede Ayew.


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