Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko last Saturday was only a few minutes from making the final Black Stars' 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when he injured his left ankle the Ghana-Netherlands friendly in Rotterdam.
The Turkey-based defender even though ruled out of the mundial will travel with the squad to the United States to undergo surgery on his fractured left ankle after he landed awkwardly in an aerial challenge in the 90th minute.
Black Stars team doctor, Adam Baba, confirmed that Akaminko would miss the tournament after a medical examniation on the ankle in Rotterdam last Saturday night.
“X-rays have revealed that there is a fracture to his left ankle joint-a fracture of the fibula bone. What will have to be done is surgery.
“If surgery is done and depending on his rehabilitation we will give him at least three months to be able to fully recuperate and start playing”, Baba stated.
Meanwhile, Coach Kwesi Appiah has expressed disappointment after injury ruled out defender Jerry Akaminko from the World Cup.
“It is unfortunate that Jerry has got to face this,” Appiah told www.ghanafa.org.
“Looking at the training he had with the team we had lots of hope for the World Cup.
“All we have to do, apart from the support we will offer him is to pray for him to come back stronger.”, he stated.
The president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has also expressed his sympathy to the defender.
“This is a bitter blow for Jerry and the entire Ghana team. When he went down yesterday I felt something in my stomach. We all feel very sorry for him,” he said.