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Top Five Ghanaian Players Destroyed By Injury

It is often a pity when we see talented footballers have their careers stalled or ruined by injury.

Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu and Kwesi Appiah are Ghanaian players whose career are currently blighted by injuries. Here at Allsports.com.gh, we decided to delve into the injury archives and bring you a handful of Ghanaian players whose careers were affected, too…

Stephen Appiah

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Stephen Appiah is one of the Black Stars’ most celebrated sons and remains a name on the lips of many Ghanaian football fans when discussing great captains for the national team.

He enjoyed good football at Udinese and Parma during his early stages as a footballer, alerting then defending Serie a champions Juventus to his talents. He went on to enjoy a good first season for Juventus in 2003, playing in 30 Serie A games and managed to make 18 Serie A appearnces the following season.

Appiah was later transferred to Fenerbahce in 2005, but his career was to receive a massive blow during the 2007/08 campaign, when a knee ligament injury curtailed his campaign and saw him miss the 2008 African Cup of Nations, becoming a special adviser of the team.

While his return to action didn’t yield any silverware for Fenerbahce, Appiah never reached anywhere near the box-to-box midfield gem again.  His niggling knee inury and misunderstanding led to his contract termination with with Turkish giants.

Appiah was on trial with the London-based club Tottenham Hotspur in January 2009 with a view to a 6-month permanent contract, however concerns over his knee and fitness resulted in no contract being offered, as Spurs took up the option of signing Wilson Palacios from Wigan instead.

Periods at Bologna and Cesena followed, and lastly played for Serbian side Vojvodina.
Michael Essien

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Although we saw the Ghanaian enjoy many successful years at Chelsea, Essien probably never hit the pinnacles he planned to reach. He’s been around for years, but Essien is still only 32-years-old.

He suffered his first serious injury during an international match played against Libya on 5 September 2008, after ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Ghana in the World Cup qualification stage and was out of action for six months, missing the majority of the 2008–09 season.

It was announced on 27 May 2010 that Essien would unfortunately miss the World Cup after he was told that he would not fully recover from his knee injury until the end of July, more than two weeks after the tournament had ended.

Kevin Prince Boateng

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Although the midfielder appears to have overcome the worst of his injuries, it might be too late.

Boateng had the technique, the passion and the skill that it takes to become one of the best midfielders in modern football, and if it weren’t for his legs, he could’ve perhaps seen his name in many more headlines.

He was one of the best Ghana’s players at the 2010 World Cup, and it’s after that where his career slowed down.

Following his move to AC Milan, Boateng suffered series of bad injuries between 2011 and 2012. He joined Schalke in 2013 and had a somewhat successful campaign that season. But, after a season full of nagging injuries in 2014, only 11 Bundesliga starts and no goals, Boateng became an expensive burden at some €8 million per season in wages according to Bild.

His contract was terminated by Schalke in May 2015 with ‘immediate effect’ as a consequence of the club’s disappointing Bundesliga defeat to Koln.

Daniel Opare

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Bursting through the Real Madrid ranks as a teenager, Opare was tipped to become a great player for both club and ciountry.

He was even recognized by World Soccer Magazine as one of the 50 Most Exciting Teenagers on the Planet. He received rave reviews for using his incredible footspeed and precision crossing to great effect for the Ghana national U-17 team at the 2007 U-17 World Cup.

However, injuries stalled his career and in 7 seasons he has only played 90 senior games for Real Madrid, Standard Liege, FC Porto and Besiktas.

Opare, who was just signed during the just shut summer transfer window, is yet to feature for Augsburg after picking up training ground injury.

Junior Agogo

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Agogo became a household name when he helped Ghana to win bronze at the 2008 African Cup of Nations.

The former Sheffield Wednesday striker scored 12 goals in 27 matches for the Black Stars between 2006 and 2009.

He had everything a centre-forward needed to succeed for both club and country, but his constant knee injuries saw him only playing one game every two weeks.

Agogo’s string of injuries would limit him to just 51 appearances in five years for Zamalek, Apollon Limasol and Hibernian, between 2008 and 2012.

He is currently making tremendous strides in his recovery from a stroke he suffered in February this at his base in England.  Agogo is now able to walk on his own and has already begun working out at his gym.

Can you name any other Ghanaian footballers whose careers were perhaps ruined by injuries?

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