FIFA has reported on its website that Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifying playoff first-leg clash against Egypt on 15 October because of a left knee injury.
This comes even though his German club Schalke is yet to reveal the full extent on injury to the Ghana Football Association.
Boateng underwent scans on the left knee on Sunday and Monday and the results could have made him available for the Black Stars.
However, the report on FIFA says Ghana has suffered a huge blow ahead of their FIFA World Cup™ play-off match with Egypt because of the injury.
The 26-year-old – one of the stars of the Ghana side that reached the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa quarter-finals – suffered the injury in his club Schalke’s 4-1 Bundesliga victory over Augsburg on Saturday.
Boateng only just agreed to return to the national side after staying away for two years, but he was unable also to play in their final World Cup group match against Zambia last month because of an injury he picked up in training for the game.
The winners of the play-off qualify for the finals in Brazil next year.