Rafa Benitez will be furious about the fiasco surrounding the Ghana FA and Christian Atsu.
The winger was injured against Bournemouth and forced off the pitch in the final stages, Rafa saying the winger ‘felt something’.
However, the United boss indicated that he thought it wasn’t too serious and that with the club’s medical staff monitoring Atsu, he should hopefully be ok for the next game at Manchester United.
With Ghana already knocked out of the World Cup, it looked an even easier decision for Christian Atsu to stay on Tyneside and ensure he recovered under the watchful eye of the club’s medical staff.
Instead, the media in Ghana revealed that the winger had turned up there on Monday, ahead of the meaningless fame on Sunday against World Cup finals qualifier Egypt.
The media indicating that pressure had been exerted on the Newcastle player to travel, having missed the last call-up with a knock.
Football fans and newspapers not impressed, when despite his injury Christian Atsu started both the game before (Liverpool) the October internationals and the one (Southampton) afterwards.
The travel there and back to Ghana was bad enough, along with the fact Newcastle’s medical staff weren’t able to monitor his injury.
However, things have got a whole lot worse, with what appeared to be a relatively minor problem now becoming a major one, as the Ghana FA have confirmed that Christian Atsu ‘suffered a thigh muscle tear’ in training, as he desperately tried to make the Egypt match.
With consecutive defeats and Jacob Murphy looking nowhere near good enough at the moment to step in, this is a further, unnecessary, problem for Rafa Benitez to deal with.
Ghana FA announcement:
“Tests have revealed that Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan won’t play in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Egypt.
“Team doctor says scans show Gyan suffered at thigh strain following his injury in Black Stars training two days ago.
“Tests have revealed that winger Christian Atsu will not play for Ghana in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Egypt.
“Team doctor says the scans show Atsu suffered a thigh muscle tear (in training).”