Positive news over injury situation

16 years ago

Team doctor of the Black Stars, Dr. Martin Engmann has given a positive overview of the injury situation that the Ghana team has been faced with ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

With concerns raised over the fitness of key personnel for the competition just days into their training camp in the United Arab Emirates, 'Tito', as he is referred to says he is happy with the progress made by the players in the treatment room.

Baffour Gyan, Asamoah Gyan, Laryea Kingston and Illiasu Alhassan have all progressed with the recovery programmes.

The progress of the players recovering from injuries influenced the final selection of the team by Claude Le Roy on Thursday for the tournament.

“Baffour is fully fit. He has participated fully in training sessions and has not had any special training sessions. He’s fine,” Dr Engmann told

“Asamoah Gyan is used him intermittently. We occasionally slowed him down. But he suffered from a slight ankle sprain but it’s quite minor. Gyan would be ready for the competition.”

"We introduced him to a programme of accelerated recovery. Today (Thursday), he joined the rest of the team. He would fit before 20th January.”

Laryea Kingston has started full scale training and declared himself ready for the African Cup of Nations. A positive news though, but Dr. Engmann says he wouldn’t be rushed into his programme.

“We have been cautious with him. He started full scale training. The most important thing is we stick to the plan and get him really ready for the competition. We don’t want to enter into the tournament with any complications.”

“Illiasu is improving and would be ready while he continues his recovery.”

“We are making sure we get everyone ready for the competition.”