2014 World Cup: Ghana boss Appiah faces injury D-Day as plans could be wrecked
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will be a keen onlooker as he waits to discover if Sunday’s matches for Ghanaian players in Europe will add to his growing fitness concerns ahead of the naming of the Black Stars squad for the World Cup.
The Black Stars manager faces an anxious few hours on Sunday when his World Cup plans could be wrecked if any of his players in action in Europe are injured.
The Ghana manager will unveil his 30-man provisional squad in Accra on Monday with most of the squad expected to be dominated by Europe-based players.
But first Appiah will be an impotent onlooker as he waits to discover if the European League fixtures adds to his growing injury concerns.
Appiah, who already expects to be without John Mensah, also has injury doubts over Isaac Vorsah, and a few others who are just recovering from injury.
Several Ghanaian players in the purview of the squad are in action on Sunday with Derek Boateng’s Fulham taking on Crystal Palace in England.
Players like Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, Afriyie Acquah in the Italian top-flight on Sunday while dark horse Fatau Moahmmed will play in the Spanish top-flight match for Gradana.
Daniel Opare could be action for Standard Liege in their match against Club Brugge in Belgium while Frank Acheampong could play for Anderlecht in their Belgian top flight league.
Baba Raham is in action for Greuther Fürth in their German second tier match against Sandhausen while Adama Kwarasey will be in action for Stromsgodset in their match against Molde in Norway. Several other are in action in Switzerland, Portugal and Norway.
If Appiah loses any more, it will leave him struggling to fill the 30-man roster.
He plans to stay up late in the night to go through his medical reports on all the injured and doubtful players before making up his mind on his 30 players for Brazil.
It will only be then, when he has studied the latest updates, that the Ghana boss will confirm the names that will be unveiled at 12:30pm at a press conference.
But before he heads for the GFA headquarters on Monday morning, Appiah will begin the most difficult task of calling those left out to give them the bad news.