N. Forest suffer Ayew injury setback

Nottingham Forest striker, Andre Ayew, has picked up an injury, while on interna­tional duty with Ghana.

Ayew, who is Ghana’s all-time leading appearance holder, linked up with his national side ahead of two Africa Cup of Nations quali­fiers against Angola.

The 33-year-old did not feature in the match­day squad for Thursday’s meeting, which took place at the Baba yara sports stadium in Kumasi, thanks to a 96th-minute winner from Bournemouth’s Antoine Semenyo.

Prior to Monday’s 1-1 draw against the same opponents, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) confirmed that Ayew has re­turned to Forest after picking up a knee injury in bizarre circumstances.

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A statement read: “Ghana captain, Andre Ayew, has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola after sustain­ing a knee injury on Thurs­day.”

“Ayew slipped on his way to the dressing room and hurt his knee as findings of the MRI scan have meant that he has to return to his club for further treatment.”

The experienced forward joined Forest in February on a deal until the end of the season following his departure from Qatari side, Al-Sadd.

Ayew has failed to score in his seven appearances for the East Midlands club, but a po­tential spell on the sidelines would still come as a blow to Forest, who has also have fit­ness doubts over Chris Wood and Brennan Johnson.

Wood suffered a thigh injury during a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham earlier this month, but he still travelled to New Zealand for two friendlies against China.

However, Wood was un­able to feature in Thursday’s goalless draw, and he was subsequently sent back to Forest for further assess­ment.

Commenting on the situ­ation, New Zealand interim coach, Darren Bazeley, told reporters: “We’ve been mon­itoring Chris ever since he arrived, but he didn’t travel with the team yesterday, he stayed in Auckland for some consultation.

“Between the two medical departments, we feel it’s in the best interests of Chris to return home to get back to his club and to monitor and evaluate the injury by his own club.

“Chris is not a player you take risks with. He did come with the full intention of playing. You know Chris, he wants to play every game. We trained but it just wasn’t quite right so we’ve taken the advice and the best thing for Chris now is to get back and make sure he’s in a good place when he gets home.”

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