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Ghana midfielder Annan returns to action for Schalke after one-year absence

Published on: 07 January 2014
Anthony Annan

Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan returned to action on Monday after a one-year injury-induced absence boosting his chances of playing for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup, can exclusively reveal.

The 27-year-old, who plays for German side Schalke, was in action in their 2-1 friendly win over Qatari side Al Gharafa in Doha on Monday night.

It was Annan's first match since suffering an ankle injury that ruined his participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Annan came on as a substitute in the 64th minute as he took over from Neustädter in the victory over the Qatari side.

He was impressive in his 26 minutes on the pitch and showed signs of his brilliance and crucially also demonstrated that he has put all his injury problems behind him.

The Ghana international was declared surplus to requirements by Schalke last year after returning from loan at Osasuna.

But he was recalled to join the club for the winter pre-season in Qatar after he reported to the club that he has recovered from injury.

He has now fully recovered from the ankle problem and could now play a part in matches for Schalke before his contract expires in June.

Annan has been linked with a move to Turkey with Fenerbahce and Besiktas reported to be interested in signing him.

His return is also a boost for Ghana as he could fight for a place in the 2014 World Cup squad.

Annan joined Die Konigsblauen for €2m from Norwegian side Rosenborg in January 2011 but never had the opportunities to make an impact.

The 27-year-old was first loaned to Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem where he played them clinch a Europa League spot.

Annan is reported to have rejected two offers to leave Schalke 04 during last summer’s transfer window.

He last played a competitive match in February last year for Osasuna before being sidelined by an ankle injury he aggravated.

Do you think Annan should be considered by coach Kwesi Appiah for selection to the Ghana squad for the World Cup? Make your views known in the box below



This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • kwame says:
    January 07, 2014 01:36 am
    if he can get more playing time and perform well why not?
  • banger says:
    January 07, 2014 02:21 am
  • Askantwi says:
    January 07, 2014 06:30 am
    Holding Midfielders for Ghana; Michael Essien, Agyeman Badu, Emmanuel Frimpong, Rabiu Mohammed and Anthony Annan. Other Midfielders; Kwadwo Asamoah, Kevin Boateng, Andre Ayew, Sulley Muntari, Christian Atsu, Wakaso Mubarak, Albert Adomah, and Frank Acheampong. Strikers; Asamoah Gyan, Madjid Waris, Yiadom Boakye, Jordan Ayew, Assifuah and Adiyiah.
  • Israel Akins says:
    January 07, 2014 06:41 am
    Prophet demands $20,000 for Black Stars miracle A Prophet ,Mensah Otabil[not of ICGC] is demanding $20,000 dollars from the Ghana Football Association to enable him pray and prevent unfavorable results for the Black Stars at the World Cup. In messages sent to the President of the Ghana Football Association,Mr.Kwesi Nyantakyi,Prophet Otabil claims he has received visions of a disastrous World Cup campaign. “Hello Mr.President,I hope you are doing well.I need $20,000 dollars to facilitate the matches at the World Cup.The results I see are not favorable;it's a draw and two losses and we need to turn things around so we can qualify for the next stage.Hoping to hear from you soon.” The prophet who also claims to pray for Dnipro's Samuel Inkoom and Chelsea's Michael Essien as clients went on to claim he would prove his reputation and power through the miracle. “If you want to see a miracle in this World Cup bet me,I am telling you I will prove to you I am the nation's prophet,You have dared me.Just watch out.” Allsports attempt to reach Prophet Otabil has proved futile with his cellphone turned off.
  • Mumbi says:
    January 07, 2014 07:00 am
    He should not be selected coz that wizard Kwado Asamoa Ape will now bewitch Annan permanently. U all know the behaviour of gaynian players. Cloud Reloy was right when he revealed this in 2012 when your trophyless run of years was extended by a team that kicked you out.
  • Mumbi says:
    January 07, 2014 07:01 am
    He should not be selected coz that wizard Kwado Asamoa Ape will now bewitch Annan permanently. U all know the behaviour of gaynian players. Cloud Reloy was right when he revealed this in 2012 when your trophyless run of years was extended by a team that kicked you out
  • John Mills says:
    January 07, 2014 08:31 am
    what kind of question is that,nobody chooses a player for a coach.If a coach thinks a player is good and fit and can be useful in his strategies,he invites him.The decision to call a player lies solely in the hands of the coach so please stop raising these unnecessary topics.
  • ghanaboy says:
    January 07, 2014 08:45 am
    zambia will continue to rup shoulders with burundi,somalia,and the 10th world [email protected],afterall there is no difference between zambia and zoo
  • kuukuphilly says:
    January 07, 2014 10:19 am
    mumbi, did u suck ur mother today? leave this site b4 is too late
  • mania says:
    January 07, 2014 10:30 am
    two zambians join relegation bound french league 1 side sochaux and the whole country jubilate prompting a national holiday.
  • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:
    January 07, 2014 11:14 am
    6mths before wcup n u are now beginning to train? GO N SIT SOMEWHR
  • suluku says:
    January 07, 2014 11:51 am
    [email protected] n ghanaboy u made ma day!! hahaha!!!
  • suluku says:
    January 07, 2014 11:58 am
    Dnt kno wat will happen in Zambia or zooland if one of them shud play for big teams like juventus,Chelsea,man u,real Madrid am sure the nation will not go to work anytym that player have match.
  • Wee ba says:
    January 07, 2014 12:34 pm
    Guys lets go to zamfoot n insult dis zambia fools......pray for yor dead country bantu son of whore
  • Chu says:
    January 07, 2014 01:44 pm
    Hahahaha Mumbi I saw how Totovo, Super Falcon and Kumasi abrantie dealt with the Zambians yesterday. I was shocked for a whole nation saying Sunzu is the best on the continent. What a rib cracking joke. Go back home and enjoy your failure. Even Somalia and Burundi would not behave like this
  • Chu says:
    January 07, 2014 01:47 pm
    Anthony would had been a good option for manstopper along with Rabiu but toooo many midfield options