West Ham United midfielder, Mohammed Kudus, is poised to join the Black Stars team later than expected for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as confirmed by Ghana’s head coach, Chris Hughton.
The setback comes as Kudus, who was named in Ghana’s 27-man squad announced on Monday, January 1, 2024, is nursing a ‘slight’ injury.
This news follows the decision to omit Thomas Partey from the squad, allowing the Arsenal midfielder to focus on his ongoing recovery.
Hughton acknowledged the fitness concern regarding Kudus but assured the press that the 23-year-old is expected to rejoin the team in camp in just a few days.
“We are expecting [Mohammed Kudus] to join the group hopefully in a few days. He has a very slight injury issue that needs to be dealt with before he joins camp, but we’re hopeful,” stated Hughton.
Kudus, who missed the last edition of the AFCON in Cameroon, faced a group-stage exit with the Black Stars.
The current setback is met with hopes that the midfielder’s injury will be swiftly addressed, allowing him to contribute to Ghana’s AFCON campaign and make up for his absence in the previous tournament.