Gyan blames AFCON pitch for injury

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says a poor pitch is to blame for the injury which is threatening his participation at the Africa Cup of Nations.

A groin problem saw the veteran marksman forced off the field six minutes before half-time in Ghana's final Group D game which ended as a 1-0 loss to Egypt at the Port Gentil Stadium on Wednesday.

The injury count at the 2017 AFCON is becoming a lengthy one, and many have questioned the state of the pitches in Gabon.

Asamoah, who is in doubt to recover in time for the Black Stars' quarter-final clash against the DR Congo on Sunday, feels that the substandard playing surface contributed to his injury.

"I told my colleagues we must be careful of this pitch because it is not a good pitch and might affect our muscles," the skipper was quoted saying by GNA Sports.

"Unfortunately, I have become a victim of this pitch as I could not complete the game against Egypt.

"At the moment I am just waiting patiently for the outcome of the MRI Scan then I will know my fate.

"So far six players have ended their AFCON [participation] due to its poor nature and I am wondering who might be next."