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31.12.2009 Sports News

Rajevac bullish despite injuries

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Milovan Rajevac insists it is time for Ghana to put injuries to key players to one side and focus on the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations with more withdrawals from his squad looming.

The Serbian who has already lost John Paintsil, Stephen Appiah and Laryea Kingston to injuries is also battling on the fitness of John Mensah.

But he is sure his side can mount a major challenge at the tournament and insist he is concentrating on those players available rather than those crocked from the tournament.

He said: "We have twenty three players that we believe in so we will try to prepare them for the competition. The problem of injuries is behind us. We want to concentrate on players we have here and prepare them as good as it is possible. We strongly believe in the quality of these players so we will go there hoping to have the best results."

The injuries will deny Ghana of some badly needed experience at the tournament but GFA vice president Fred Pappoe says there is no point brooding over the losses.

"I am a perennial optimist. I don't pay attention to the dark side of life. Injuries have come; injuries will come so we can't brood about it. I am not looking at the players injured i am looking at those here."

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