Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng will start training with his German side Schalke today (Monday) after recovering from the injury, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The 26-year-old hoping that he will be fit enough to face English side Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow as he is the club’s key player in continental competition.
Boateng missed Schalke’s 3-2 win over Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday because of a knee injury, ending suspicion that he faked injury to avoid the crucial World Cup playoff win over Egypt in Kumasi last week.
He also missed Sunday’s training session at the Gelsenkirchen but the utility player has now recovered from the setback and he is ready to start training today.
“Kevin will be back on board on Monday,” Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt said.
Coach Jens Keller of the Bundesliga side Schalke added that his injured two regulars Kevin-Prince Boateng and Timo Hildebrand are looking very fit for the Chelsea challenge.
“With Timo he looks very good, with Kevin also good,” Keller said after the 3-2 win at Eintracht Braunschweig Gelsenkirchen.
Boateng was not even part of the travelling party to the Eintracht-Stadion for the 3-2 victory in Saturday’s German Bundesliga match.
This shows that he has not recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of the Black Stars’ 6-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday.
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.
This revelation puts an end to the suspicion that he is fooling Ghanaians to enable him play at the World Cup which has got a higher profile.
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.