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Annan's injury is serious but will not require surgery - Osasuna doctor

Anthony Annan has been out for the past three months with an ankle problem

Anthony Annan has been out for the past three months with an ankle problem

By Ameenu Shardow

Osasuna’s Medical head Dr. Patxi Cipriáin has revealed Anthony Annan’s injury is serious than earlier diagnosed though the player wouldn’t require surgery.

The Ghana international injured his ankle while on international duty in the lead up to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Annan however came on as a second-half substitute in Ghana’s opening group draw against DR Congo where he appeared to have worsened his injury to effectively end his Nations Cup campaign.

The on-loan Schalke player is however yet to play a match for Osasuna two-months after rejoining the side from international duty.

The club’s medical head; Dr. Cipriáin now reveals the player has suffered a fracture in his talus (ankle bone) – leading to frequent pains whenever extra stress is put on the injured ankle.

“The player has had persisted discomfort in the ankle,” Dr. Cipriáin has revealed.

“The radiological evidence we have reveals a fracture.

“He (Annan) however does not have to undergo surgery or specific treatment, just rest.”

Dr. Cipriáin adds the player is prevented from training actively but will continue to work in the gym until the persistent pain goes away over a not too specific period.

“He will continue to train in the gym until pain issue is resolved.

“We cannot know exactly how much it will last: four, two, five weeks … We think about four.

“It is a painful thing but more than importantly the player cannot be training with that pain.

“He walks alright with no pain, but when running, jumping, hitting- when you produce more stress to the ankle, he feels more pain.”

Annan’s injury situation serves a massive injury concern for Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah as the ex Hearts of Oak player have proved an integral figure in the side in recent years.

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