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Andre Ayew shrugs off injury fears

Ghana captain Andre Ayew has cooled fears over an ankle scare at the tail end of Sunday’s dead rubber Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying win over Sao Tome and Principe in Accra.

The Swansea City talisman led the Black Stars to a 3-1 victory with a 90-minute display.

In an attempt to get on the scoresheet in the final minute of injury time, Ayew was left in pain after a strong tackle by a Sao Tome defender which the referee deemed fair before following up with the blast of the final whistle.

Ayew hurt his left ankle and received immediate attention from the Ghana medics who were on him for some good amount of minutes.

With a heavy strapping on his ankle, the 30-year-old was helped to walk off the pitch to the dressing room in discomfort before later appearing in a post-match presser.

Ayew played down the severity of the injury.

“It’s a knock,” he stated.

“The doctors have seen. I can put my leg on the floor. There won’t be any issue,” Ayew who will be hoping to return to club duties for Premier League promotion-chasing Swansea’s visit to Birmingham on Friday added.

Touching on the Black Stars’ ninth straight qualification to the Afcon in Cameroon, Ayew said:

“I want to congratulate the whole squad for qualifying.

“In our country, because we are used to qualifying, we see it as a formality.

“We have to very proud and happy with what we and the coaching staff have done.”

Ghana will now be turning their attention to the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers scheduled to kick-start May 31 to June 15, 2021.

The Black Stars will face off with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in Group G of the second round of the African qualifiers.

 

 

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