Black Stars have received a significant boost ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with the arrival of attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus at the team’s camp in Kumasi on Tuesday afternoon.

However, Kudus arrived accompanied by a physiotherapist assigned by West Ham, as the former Ajax player is currently nursing a hamstring injury. His delayed arrival is attributed to this injury, which, as reported by 3Sports, may even rule him out of Ghana’s opening game against Cape Verde on Sunday.

The 23-year-old experienced tightness in his hamstring after West Ham’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on December 28. West Ham promptly assessed the player and informed the Ghana Football Association (GFA) of the injury, a confirmation made by Chris Hughton in the press conference announcing his squad.

Although the forward was initially expected to join his teammates last week, his arrival was delayed as he required an additional 5-6 days of rest. Kudus has now joined his teammates ahead of their departure to Ivory Coast.

Having missed the 2021 AFCON due to a rib fracture, Kudus is eagerly looking forward to making his debut in the competition for the Black Stars. The physiotherapist accompanying him is expected to collaborate with the Black Stars medical team to ensure the midfielder achieves full fitness before representing Ghana in the tournament.

Despite the setback, Kudus has been in top form this season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions for West Ham after his summer move from Ajax for over 40 million euros.

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