Ghana midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng started Schalke’s 3-0 Champions League defeat at home to Chelsea on Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old was named as the lead striker for the German side as they failed to shine against the flying Blues in Gelsenkrichen.
The Ghana international who missed the 6-1 drubbing of Egypt in the World Cup qualifier due to injury was unable to help his side against a Chelsea side that proved way too powerful on the night.
A 5th minute strike by Fernando Torres put Chelsea on its way to what was to be a spectacular night in the Champions League.
The Spanish striker scored his brace on the night with a lovely 68th minute finish before Eden Hazaard sealed the deal three minutes to the end.
Schalke has no answers to the numerous questions asked of them by their English opponents.
Boateng eventually had to make way for Adam Szalai in the 71st minute.
The ex AC Milan star’s sudden availability will spark fresh doubts over his commitment to the Ghana cause even though he missed Schalke’s league match against Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
The midfielder sustained the injury just two days before he was supposed to have joined the Black Stars to prepare for the Egypt match.
The timing of the injury prompted fears that he had faked the setback to avoid the tough match while preserving his hopes of playing at the 2014 World Cup which guarantees huge publicity.
Boateng has been accused of picking and choosing which matches he wants to play for Ghana and avoids tough qualifying matches in Africa.
But the midfielder has genuine knee problems which have seen him undergo surgeries for about SIX TIMES on the troublesome left knee.
The Schalke midfielder suffered a knee injury while playing for the German club during a league match two weeks ago.
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah was hoping further tests on the left knee problem could clear Boateng to play for Ghana in the match.
But the tests in Germany revealed that Boateng must undergo treatment for the injury which meant he will not be available for the match against Egypt.