Hearts of Oak coach David Duncan refuses to attribute his side’s Super Clash defeat against Asante Kotoko to the absence of some key players.
The Phobians were without influential midfield duo Moro Abubakar and Obed Ansah in the 1-0 loss to Kotoko on Sunday due to suspension and injury respectively.
Defensive midfielder Stephen Tetteh also sat out the derby clash due to injury.
The Ghana Premier League giants also missed the services of new striking sensation Emmanuel Hayford who failed to pass a late fitness test to play against the defending champions.
But coach David Duncan remains adamant he had signed more than enough players to cover for such absenteeism.
“These [missing players] are key players as far as the first team is concerned but that is why we signed players more than eighteen,” he said.
“So we can count on every player that has been signed that make up the squad and like I always say every player is an integral part of the team.”
Duncan must now lift his boys from the painful defeat against Kotoko for their next Premier League match away to newly promoted Inter Allies this weekend.
The Phobians look to reclaim their Premier League title they last won in 2009.