By Patrick Akoto
Ex-international Yaw Preko fears the potential absence of Asamoah Gyan at the Nations Cup can derail Ghana's chances of winning the trophy.
The 24-year-old attacker is battling to be fully fit for the showpiece after he picked up a hamstring injury while playing for Al Ain.
He has been ruled out for three weeks, meaning he may not recover fully before the tournament start on January 21.
Fans are waiting anxiously as Serbian trainer Goran Stevanovic gets ready to name his final 23-man squad on Wednesday.
Preko insists his failure to recover in time will be disastrous.
He told Accra-based Happy FM: "To be very honest with you if Gyan fails to recover fully, weâ€™re in trouble."
"He has been our best attacker ever since he broke into the Black Stars team with so much experience at his disposal.
"He's mentally tough and in going to such tournament, you need such players to win the cup. He is our man and his form at Al Ain bears ample testimony.
The Ghana Federation has insisted the UAE-based striker will not t be risked if he does not fully recover.
But the Sunderland loanee will take to traditional horse placenta treatment to get himself fit for the tournament.