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Ghana defender Akaminko out of WC

World Cup

Rotterdam – Defender Jerry Akaminko is out of Ghana’s final World Cup squad after being injured in a tune-up game against the Netherlands.

Turkey-based Akaminko, Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp and striker David Accam were cut from the final group named by coach Kwesi Appiah on Sunday.

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Ghana's Jerry Akaminko suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Netherlands in Rotterdam. Photo: Koen Van Weel

Captain Asamoah Gyan and midfielder Sulley Muntari were included to play at their third World Cup. Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng also made the 23-man squad.

Akaminko hurt his ankle in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to 2010 World Cup finalist the Netherlands in Rotterdam and will be sidelined for three months.

The Ghana squad now travels to the US for a final friendly against South Korea. Ghana, a quarterfinalist four years ago, plays the US, Germany and Portugal in Group G at the World Cup. – Sapa-AP

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