In a devastating blow to Ghana’s national football team, defender Joseph Aidoo has been ruled out of the highly anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, following a severe injury during a friendly match against Mexico in Charlotte, USA on Saturday.
Aidoo, a cog in Ghana’s defensive lineup, is now set for an extensive seven-month rehabilitation period, further confirmed by his club, Celta Vigo.
The Ghanaian international swiftly returned to Spain for comprehensive medical evaluation, and Celta Vigo’s official statement has cemented the grim prognosis, estimating his absence to extend between six to seven months.
Celta Vigo’s official statement reads:
“The head of RC Celta’s medical services, Juan José García Cota, operated this morning on center back Joseph Aidoo, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in a match played with his national team last Saturday.
“The intervention, which passed without complications and took place early in the morning at the Fremap Hospital in Vigo, consisted of the reconstruction of the tendon with reinforced suture and the application of growth factors.
The light blue defender will remain out for a minimum of 6-7 months. The club reiterates its message of encouragement and support for Aidoo, whom it wishes a full recovery.”
The Ghanaian national team, determined to make a mark in the upcoming tournament, has been drawn into Group B alongside formidable opponents Egypt, as well as Cape Verde and Mozambique.