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2014 World Cup: Ghana star Michael Essien will have to pass a late fitness test before facing Germany

Published on: 19 June 2014
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien struggling with a toe injury

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien will have to pass a late fitness test in order to be available for the second 2014 World Cup game against Germany on Saturday.

The AC Milan started returned to full scale training with the Black Stars team on Thursday having sat out training the day before with a toe injury.

The 31-year-old is struggling with a toe injury which is believed not to be as serious as initially feared.

He is however feeling some slight pains in the toe which has prompted the Ghana medical team to continue to assess the situation as long as possible ahead of the crunch game against Germany in Fortaleza.

“The pain in Michael Essien’s toe has subsided and has gone down drastically,” Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara said at the team’s press briefing on Thursday.

“He has started training with the team but the doctors will continue to monitor the pain in his toe and will decide whether he will be able to play in the game against Germany.”

Ghana is in desperate need of points following their opening day defeat to the United States last Monday in Natal.

The Black Stars look to secure results against Germany and Portugal in their subsequent games in order to stay alive in the competition.


  • Kojo steve austin says:
    June 20, 2014 04:25 am
    It's not everyday big English. Sometimes get your point across with simple grammar. Ah!
  • yaw2 says:
    June 20, 2014 05:09 am
    This is the team that will beat Germany. Kwarasey Essien Jonathan Boye Wakaso Badu Afriyie Ayew KPB Asamoah Gyan Sub> Muntari,Waris and Rabiu
  • ahmed says:
    June 20, 2014 08:39 pm
    it just a shame how we ghanaians are so quick to condemn our players when things dont go the way we expected it to go .. i hope our players put up their best and god does the rest and if we win u mother fuckers can shut ur mouths up .. if u people knew how to play u will be wearing the team jerseys nkwasiafuor nkwaaa k3k3
  • CEREBRAL says:
    June 20, 2014 01:32 am
    The fans often look at secular implications and ignore Divine connotations of performance. Man is fundamentally screwed....I mean lost in the magnitude of the cosmos! We think we know...but NAY we are short in control of affairs. Corruption abounds!!! That said..individual brilliance can turn the tables and subvert the purpose of the ignorant! Great footballers often rise above human limitations selflessly, and through ambition, belief, transcendence and grit, they perform!!! If Ghana has it together, Ghana will reign supreme, if not, they will pack their luggage in silence!!!.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 20, 2014 12:10 am
    Brain dead excuse on behalf of a dead horse...laughable
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 19, 2014 11:52 pm
    Listen @ kelvin. I just don't watch soccer I analysis every tactical play. Tactically AA is clueless, he has the materials but has no clue how to utilzed them. Kelvin I am absolutely sure you're rooting for AA because you just watch soccer for goals and dribbles have no idea about the current state of our so called foreign players. Essien was bought from Chelsea by AC Milan purposely to replaced Montolivo who was injured at the time, he could not finish a 90mins match since he move to AC and when Montolivo recovered from his injuries he was limited to 15 and 10mins the entire season whom was he replacing muntari . Muntari was also playing second to De young...20 AND 25MINS became his motto. Now John Boye played less than 119mins for his team in France the whole season( at least john mensah played more hours then him old bones). How can you and the whole country consider these guys as your first best...sorry your coach is clueless. Klinsman beat AA from the beach. How stupid could a coach be, I am holding my best player and when the opponents gets tired then I'll play him Stupid stupid stupid. Now, the only way we can draw with the German machine is to play Essien(dead horse) at the right back for 55mins ( no 2 position for the clueless dudes), pair Rashid with Jonathan Mensah and Aful on the left with Kwadwo Asamoah coming to support, Play Badu and Afriyie in the defensive midfield positions, Ignoring KPB will be disastrous because he is going to perform perform and perform Ayew and Gyan complete the squad. Changes Muntari, Rabiu and Adoma. With this line up Either we beat the German machine or we draw. AA don't ignore... play something different and you will be disgraced. All bedroom and T. pundits come and spew your clueless line ups. COME AGAIN CLUELESS KELVIN.
  • Carlos Danger says:
    June 19, 2014 11:15 pm
    Essien is not stupid. He is not hurt but sees the writing on the wall that Germany will prevail and Ghana will be eliminated so he does not want any part if this ... These players think we are stupid.
  • kk says:
    June 19, 2014 10:29 pm
    Hi Nana Adwoa T. Kese. Just wondering, what does T. In your name stand for? I am Akan, you know... Lol! BTW, you are right, Acquah needs to be looked at for the Germany game.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 19, 2014 10:46 pm
    @ kk, I wish can explain it here... but once you're an akan do some deductions please
  • kelvin says:
    June 19, 2014 09:13 pm
    @ nana adwoa or wat ever u ar not serious wen did u noe does guys u ar calling TWEAAA..i believe u dont noe football so stop makin noise..
  • kelvin says:
    June 19, 2014 09:14 pm
    @ nana adwoa or wat ever u ar not serious wen did u noe does guys u ar calling TWEAAA..i believe u dont noe football so stop makin dis coments..
  • d-rock says:
    June 19, 2014 07:30 pm
    It shall be well ,,, Ghana need U in the Germany game ,,,,
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 19, 2014 07:40 pm
    AA if you want Germany to disgrace you in particular ignore Afriyie Acquah. What sort of stupidity is that, you have a well rounded, fit ,potent player like Afriyie and you're playing tired legs Essien and Muntari
  • SHANGO says:
    June 19, 2014 07:49 pm
    Germany 6 Ghana 1.Kwadwo Asamoah will score for Ghana. Take it from me
  • EmanuelKnowsBest says:
    June 19, 2014 08:04 pm
    I have been asking for badu or acquah or even both since the dutch game. Badu is more of goal threat then muntari and rabiu combined. If we dont get out of this group. AA must be fired . He Doesnt win friendlies. He didnt get to final of afcon. He cant win wc game.THAN WAT THE HELL IS HE GOOD FOR. If he was europen he would have been sacked by now. Y a african coach to training a group of european based players
  • gbegblevi says:
    June 19, 2014 08:12 pm
    This site is so boring lately.
  • Jafaru Dokurugu says:
    June 20, 2014 11:26 am
    By da grace of Allah u be fit 4 da game. I no u can do it pls prov them rong.
  • Hikanotes1986 says:
    June 20, 2014 09:38 am
    Good word cerebral.
  • ABONGO says:
    June 20, 2014 10:13 am
    @nana adwoa, de fact that u can somewhat tactically analyze or infer does not mean u can be a coach...we are all Ghanaians and most if not all of us want de best for GHANA. plz i respect ur opinion but to de extent of u reigning insult on the coach is a baaaad act...plz desist frm dat cos its really bad...n let us all rally behind our MOTHERLAND, GHANA...with GOD on our side, we are gonna beat the GERMANS and go ahead to beat de PORTUGUESE AS WELL...mark it...!!!!!!!!!!!!!