Jeffrey Schlupp

Jeffrey Schlupp?s winning performance for Leicester City against Tottenham in the fourth round of the English FA Cup on Saturday has raised a question over his non-appearance for Ghana at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Jeffrey Schlupp
Jeffrey Schlupp

Schlupp, who was in Coach Avram Grant?s provisional squad of 31, withdrew after Leicester said that a scan on a knee injury he picked up during the match against Liverpool on January 1, ruled him out of Ghana?s AFCON squad.

But on Saturday, the winger was in superb form for Leicester, assisting in the first goal and scoring the winner against Spurs.

The Daily Telegraph, in its match report of the game on Monday, noted: ?Between the waves of Leicester euphoria at Jeffrey Schlupp?s winner, there was one uncomfortable question. How could a player withdrawn this month on injury grounds from Ghana?s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations miraculously recover to score the most memorable goal of his club?s campaign??

The newspaper reported that Grant was not happy with Schlupp not being available for Ghana and ?that he is considering making an official complaint to FIFA?.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, according to the newspaper, said he had not been contacted by the Ghanaian FA.

?We have been totally transparent about the situation,? the Leicester manager said.

?Jeffrey did not take part in Ghana?s training camp and was advised not to fly.

?Ghana had an independent medical assessment done and came to the same conclusion.

?I know this has got legs, because he has scored the winner.

?There will probably be more about it, but I am not concerned by any negativity,? Pearson added.

After Schlupp was injured, Pearson said on the Leicester website that his appearance at AFCON depended on the result of the scan, adding that the team?s priority ?is our player?.

He went on: ?We’ll do what we need to do in terms of rehab, and if he goes and plays in the tournament, then that’s all well and good for him, if he doesn’t and he has to stay behind, then fine.

“It’s one of those where first and foremost, if he picks an injury up while he’s playing for us, then we’ll make sure we take the steps that we need to take to make sure that his welfare is put top of the list.”

GNA

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