08.05.2005 Football News

Gambia'05: Ghana suffers first injury casualty

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(William Ezah, GNA Special Correspondents in Banjul, Gambia)

Banjul, Ganbia, May 8, GNA - Ghana will miss the services reliable defender Solomon Addy in their next game, following a waist injury he suffered in the opening game against Mali on Saturday.

Addy paved way for Jerry Akaminko in the 58th minute of the game, after he had received a knock on the right side of his waist in an aerial tussle with a Malian attacker.

The knock, according to team doctor Andy Ayim and Laud Sewerwonu, the masseur, affected the nerves of the player, hence his inability to continue the match.

Dr. Ayim in an interview with the GNA Sports described the injury as a minor one, since no fractures were detected when an X'rays was taken. The player could however not take part in a Sunday afternoon shake up as well as subsequent training sessions, since he was still limping severely.

According to Dr. Ayim, the player will require at least five days to gain total recovery hence he will not be available for the next game. Dr. Ayim confirmed that, Addy would be ready for the final group game against host nation Gambia.

Coach David Duncan seemed not disturbed by the player's absence when he said, "there are equally are good substitutes for him." He told the GNA Sports that they had rehearsed on series of combinations and all seem perfect hence "there is no need to panic."

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