Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan contracts malaria at Africa Cup of Nations

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Ghana could be without their best player when they open up play tomorrow in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Asamoah Gyan has been hospitalized in Mongomo with malaria, and is doubtful for Ghana’s match against Senegal on Monday.

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If Gyan is unable to play, it will be a massive blow for Ghana, as he is the team’s captain and all-time leading goal scorer.

The Ghana Football Association released a statement regarding the striker’s health:

The Black Stars captain has been unable to train with the squad for the past two days because he is suffering from a mild bout of malaria.

Gyan was admitted to hospital in Mongomo on Saturday night and was released on Sunday morning.

The illness was detected at an early stage and Gyan is responding well to treatment.

Doctors will continue to monitor his progress ahead of the Black Stars opening Group C match against Senegal in Mongomo.

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Ghana’s manager Avram Grant said he will wait as long as possible before officially ruling out Gyan, who will be the go-to guy for the Black Stars if they hope to go deep into the tournament.

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was moved from Morocco to Equatorial Guinea for health safety reasons amidst the Ebola outbreak in western Africa.