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Crocked Ayew starts running, to be assessed before game at Sochaux

Published on: 09 January 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Andre Ayew will be subjected to a late fitness test ahead of Olympique Marseille's game against Sochaux on Sunday.

The 23-year-old is nursing a hamstring injury sustained during last week’s training with his club.

The injury which was expected to keep Ayew out for five days saw him fail to make the Ghana squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

He rejoined his Marseille teammates at their training camp in Morocco on Monday night and is said to be making a remarkable progress with his recovery.

The son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele has already started light training and will be critically assessed a day before Marseille’s trip to Sochaux.

"We must treat his (Ayew) injury as he continues to work alongside the medical team,” Marseille coach Elie Baup says.

“Every day provides an additional element. Saturday we'll see how it is for Sochaux, we cannot say today. "

Ayew’s recovery will provide a massive boost to Marsielle’s title ambitions as they are tied on 38 points with PSG and Olympique Lyon at the top of the French Ligue 1.


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  • nana says:
    January 10, 2013 01:16 am
    nah @nanaba take your time and read the key facts clearly. I was initially sidng with dede but now im with the coach. Think how is it he can ravel to moroco for monday (AA deadline for him) but insist he would met ghana on wednesday he is taking the mick the coach was right to focus on what he as and pray it goes well and us fans should now do the same.
  • Kobs says:
    January 09, 2013 05:09 pm
    You are missing the point, this is not about supporting Appiah for the sake of it and has nothing to do with his future if he flops at AFCON...that is a separate issue that needs to be looked at on its own merit. This is about player discipline. You can have the best players on the planet but without a cohesive team or squad the team will flop. Look at 2010 and the difference with 2012 AFCON a well disciplined team will do well with good tactics and harmony. If Appiah fails it will not because of Ayew but because he is not tactically aware enough. The issue of Ayew and how Appiah has dealt with him is not the same as whether or not he is a competent tactician. You can have good man manager, who bend over to accommodate players but who are poor tacticians and those who have an iron fist when it comes to discipline but can motivate teams to win.
  • Kay says:
    January 09, 2013 03:49 pm
    Many Countries are laughing at Ghana. Shooting ourselves on the foot. What a big shame will be if we fail to lift the trophy.
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 03:25 pm
    If Akwasi Appiah fails to win the trophy, all those hypocrites supporting him today will ask for his dismissal. Mark it.
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 03:19 pm
    You are preaching unity and insulting Abedi family at the same time. You are the biggest hypocrite on this subject.
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 03:22 pm
    Are talking of former BBC best player in Africa? Has Asamoah ever held a World Cup throphy in his life?
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 03:14 pm
    You are thinking like a typical Ghanaian, that's why we have won NOTHING in 31 years. No consideration, no empathy, no flexibility and no compassion for others. How do you succeed with a mind-set like that? Special cases need special solutions my friend. Why is Togo still begging Adebayo to play for them? You don't throw your special talents away.
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 03:04 pm
    Thank you, this is what the true fans are talking about. Is it wrong to be treated by my personal doctor? Is it wrong to ask for two days to get properly healed to avoid complications in future? Is the Afcon starting today? Is Dede a new player for the Black Stars? Togo is still begging Adebayo to play. Why do you cut off your best player in the squad? 2011 BBC Player of the Year?
  • kwasi says:
    January 09, 2013 03:00 pm
    ghanaman ,u are right my brother ,akwasi appiah give dede all the chance ,but he didnt take it ,what can kwasi appiah do, kwasi need to send his final list today, that is why he drop him ,becouse he dont know if he will be fit in time for ofcon. so l think ,appiah is right to drop him.
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 02:56 pm
    Dede didn't faked it, neither did he say he wasn't going to Afcon, rather it was Akwasi Appiah that cut him off. As simple as that. Is this too difficult to understand? Why do people blame Dede? Dede loves Ghana more than Akwasi Appiah could ever love Ghana.
  • Fabs says:
    January 09, 2013 02:40 pm
    What is the problem, look at the issue objectively. I like Ayew as a player but if the deadline to report was Saturday extended to Monday and you don't turn up, irrespective of whether or not the injury was short-term all for all AFCON you can't start to disrupt the training squad for 1 player. Either Ghanaians have an issue with Appiah or Ayew, this it seems it what is driving people's arguments not the objective view that no matter how good you are if you are given a deadline which is extended and you fail to show why would any credible coach continue to wait on one player. Indiscipline has killed the BS in the past, let's not start the same nonsense because some dislike Appiah or Ayew. Ayew is a good player but Appiah was correct in this instance.
  • nanaba says:
    January 09, 2013 02:19 pm
    Then why did Akwasi Appiah gave Asamoah Gyan some time before joining the team. Gyan asked for a permission because of His mothers funeral, the same happens to Ayew. If this isnt discrimination, then what is this for?
  • nanaba says:
    January 09, 2013 02:11 pm
    Well said DAAJOE, how many goals has Kwadwo Asamoah, Atsu and so call better players than Dede Ayew score for Black Stars. Only God knows if we can advance to the next level. Akwasi Appiah a disgrace coach GH Football has ever had.
  • Ghanaman says:
    January 09, 2013 02:06 pm
    There are moer than 50! Dede has scored 4 goals for Ghana!! The same amount as average Adiyiah!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    January 09, 2013 02:04 pm
    You are really a fool and a very big son a of bitch. Kwasea! You are lower than a donkey!!
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    January 09, 2013 02:00 pm
  • Whocares says:
    January 09, 2013 01:19 pm
    Not Kwasi Appiah's fault. Wednesday is the final day to send the final list to FIFA. Forget Dede and move on. He does not want to play without Jordan. Ghana has lots of good and hungry players.
  • Nissi says:
    January 09, 2013 12:15 pm
    What makes them better? You wait and see. This is a tournament not a match. Pray we don't have any more injuries otherwise we shall see the way AA will sweat. Maybe AA thinks the Ashanti players are immune from injuries. Don't forget that people are coming with the toures and the drogbas.
  • Sammy says:
    January 09, 2013 11:56 am
    Say it again my brother.
  • Tony says:
    January 09, 2013 12:04 pm
  • Nissi says:
    January 09, 2013 12:10 pm
    Mention those fifty players. You seem to be a confused historian. It is because of haters like you that we never win anything.
  • DAAJOE says:
    January 09, 2013 11:38 am
    Kwodwo Asamoah is better than who, hwo many goals has he scored 4 the BS. We need tournament players 4 Afcon not 2x4 players.
  • Kwasi says:
    January 09, 2013 10:57 am
    Appiah is right to drop him
  • Kwame says:
    January 09, 2013 11:00 am
    We can even be eliminated before we start the AFCON, **** you. Who is dede, even when his father was in the team we were eliminated in the first round before, we even did not qualify on so many occation when his father was playing active football with the Black Stars. No player is bigger than Ghana Black Stars. If you should rate players who have excelled in Ghana dede will come no where near the first 50. What the **** didnt sulley do the same thing for him dede to get the opportunity in 2010. When sulleys mum declared that no sulley no black stars what did we tell the woman. What every body should know is that God has blessed this nation so much so that we dont lack football talent what we lack is unity and a sence of purpose. You can line up abedi and all his sons, brothers and cousins if there is no unity and sence of purpose we wont win the cup.
  • junior mafia says:
    January 09, 2013 10:57 am
    Oyiwa....marseille is more important to dis guy.
  • jon bature says:
    January 09, 2013 10:36 am
    GHANA ,first round elimination here we come!
  • kiki Nature... UD, Wa Campus says:
    January 09, 2013 10:34 am
    I dnt seriously understand some blockheaded beings on ds platform. The coach gave Saturday as d last day for all players to report to camp. This Saturday deadline prevented Mubarak Wakasu to feature for Espanyol against Barca. Because Ayew was said to hv pulled an harmstring injury, he was asked to report to camp on Monday. As @ Monday, Dede wasn't still in camp to be assessed by d blackstar medical team. D coach has his own program and one player cannot hold his program for d training tour on hold. I SUPPORT THE COACH 100%. No one is bigger than d BLACK STAR.
  • Ayuba says:
    January 09, 2013 10:22 am
    I already said it is a fake injurie!
  • Modern Guy says:
    January 09, 2013 10:07 am
    Some of you are really stupid and foolish with your comments. They did not say Ayew would be out till the AFCON commences. They said he would be out for five days and the Black Stars trainers did not have the patience for that period and so they dropped him. Why are you people saying he faked the injury? The BS trainers who have been footballers themselves before should have known that when they say a player is suffering from slight hamstring injury, the possibility of recuperating very fast is very high. Besides, they gave an estimated period that he needs to be fit, which are many days before the tournament. So please, give him a break and let him be. They wanted to drop him and they have done it. Why then should you blame him? Did he take the decision to exclude himself? Doesn't Akwasi Appiah know his worth even if he has missed his so-called six training sessions? Blood suckers. Leave him alone and let him concentrate on his club duties for now. You would surely need him for the world cup qualifiers, which is even more important than this AFCON. So stop this insults directed at him.
  • nanaba says:
    January 09, 2013 09:13 am
    This Kotoko coaches at blacks stars himm, now see him started training, shame unto the so called akwasi appiah maxwell konadu. trouble maker coaches in GH football
  • Dr Who says:
    January 09, 2013 09:21 am
    Now its clear Dede faked the injury.....Long live Coach Appiah,long live GH football.
  • GBORMORHII says:
    January 09, 2013 09:27 am
  • J.k says:
    January 09, 2013 09:29 am
    What sought of stupid commet is that? Is ayew super human than e players over there?After all he's not better than Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan..Nonsense.
  • Jimmy says:
    January 09, 2013 09:30 am
    Faked the injury **** dem all ....
  • Lunkel says:
    January 09, 2013 09:40 am
    The ommision of Dede will haunt you, seriously.