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Ghana's Gyan to face Uruguay

June 29, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Ghana are likely to have Asamoah Gyan available for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay despite the striker suffering an ankle injury in training on Monday.

Asamoah Gyan
GettyImagesGhana were the only African side to win their opening game, courtesy of Asamoah Gyan

Gyan, who has scored three goals in helping Ghana reach the last eight of the competition, had to sit out the remainder of the session with an ice pack on his ankle. However, Gyan is expected to recover in time for the match.

"The ankle is getting better," Gyan said. "I had a knock during the game last time. Yesterday [Monday] I felt something bad and I had to go out and rest today as well. But tomorrow I think I will be fine.

"I will be fine for the game on Friday. It is nothing really bad. I need about two days off and I will be fine.''

Kevin-Prince Boateng is also suffering with a hamstring injury after impressing in the second round tie against USA but is expected to recover.

If Boateng is unavailable then Sulley Muntari would be a natural replacement, but the Inter Milan player is likely to start in any case as Andre Ayew is suspended. Muntari has put a row with coach Milovan Rajevac behind him and is now hoping to impress for the Black Stars.

"I always give 100% to the team," Muntari said. "It is going to depend on the coach who plays but I am always ready to give my all. On a personal level I want to leave all the negative stuff behind me.

"I had a discussion (with Rajevac). I think I was maybe a little silly. Everything is good now, everything is cool. It is a happy moment for us that we are in a World Cup quarter-final but all of us have our feet on the ground. We always show dedication and commitment.''

Meanwhile, Uruguay defender Mauricio Victorino is ready to replace Diego Godin should the latter fail to recover from a thigh injury sustained in the win over South Korea. Godin was unable to train on Monday.

"I am ready,'' said Victorino. "That is why I came here. I want to help the team and give my contribution. If I had a choice I would prefer not to have to play because another team-mate is injured as is the case.

"But one suffers more when you are on the bench than if you are playing. We are going to prepare the games in the same way as we did before. We know that every game is a final now. That we must make the minimum mistakes because we face very strong teams and Ghana is one of them.

"Ghana are among the strongest teams in the world. But we are aware that we are doing important things for our country and that makes us happy. We all feel it. We have a great atmosphere in the group and everyone is looking forward to the next game.''