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Atsu’s fitness still in doubt, misses Ghana training [Photo]

Christian Atsu will be hoping to join the rest of the Ghana squad at training Wednesday afternoon after sitting out the entire session the previous day.

His right thigh was strapped [pictured below], leaving him to watch on as the rest of the team went through their paces under the guidance of head coach Kwasi Appiah at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The winger’s fitness has been a concern for both club and country over the past few days after he was forced out with a knock during the closing stages of Newcastle’s defeat to Bournemouth last Saturday.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez had stated that the 25-year-old “felt something” before being replaced by Jacob Murphy in the 82nd minute of a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth at St James’ Park.

But amidst the uncertainty, Atsu was able to report for international duty with Ghana Tuesday morning. He joined the squad as they made a short trip from the capital to Cape Coast where they take on Egypt on Sunday.

The former Chelsea youngster could not train with the side on Tuesday.

Giving an update on Atsu’s situation after the session, Ghana FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Daara told reporters that:

“I’m yet to be briefed on the medical report from his club. But what is important is that he made the trip down here. You all read in the UK papers that his club said he suffered an injury. But the fact that Atsu has showed up depicts the commitment and love Atsu has for the country.”

Sunday’s match is essentially a dead rubber, with the visitors having already sealed top spot in Group E ahead of Uganda to clinch their first finals berth since Italia 90.

Ghana, who were present at each of the previous three tournaments, sit third having taken only six points from their five matches in the third round of qualifying to date.

Rafa hopes to have Christian Atsu fit and available for the November 18 trip to Manchester United. He has started 10 of Newcastle’s first 11 league games in 2017/18 after seeing his successful loan spell converted into a permanent deal.






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