Breaking News: Ghana lose one key midfielder through injury ahead of Nigeria clash

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The youngster is believed to have failed fitness test after undergoing MRI scan in Kumasi on Wednesday

Ghana’s preparations ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup playoffs against Nigeria seems to have been dealt a big blow following reports in the local media that FC Sheriff Tiraspol midfielder Edmund Addo has been ruled out of the game due to injury concerns.

The 21-year-old, who was expected to be named among the 18-man squad for the game on Friday as a backup to Real Mallorca midfielder Baba Iddrisu, underwent further assessment by the Black Stars medical team since he arrived in camp nursing an injury.

According to sources close to the team, Addo came from Moldovia with the injury in his club’s 3-0 win over Sfintul Gheorghe last weekend and although the medical team initially thought he would recover on time, the situation seems to be worsening.

Addo went through further checks in Kumasi as a MRI scan was needed and the report suggested that he is not fit for the double header.

Although, there are still 26 players currently available in camp, rumour suggest a local player maybe called to fill the void when technical advisor Chris Hughton and interim coach Otto Addo meet on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s contingent will arrive in Accra, Ghana on Thursday morning. They will connect another flight from Accra to Kumasi and later train at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium which will host the game.

The Nigerians are expected to lodge at the Golden Tulip Hotel between Thursday and Saturday.

Nigeria squad to face Ghana:

Goalkeepers:

Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa);

Defenders:

Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders:

Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Innocent Bonke (FC Lorient, France); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Akinkunmi Amoo (FC Copenhagen, Denmark)

Forwards:

Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Hilal FC, Saudi Arabia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England)New arrivals:John Noble(Enyimba FC, Nigeria), Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain)

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