John Pantsil may miss rest of season with knee injury

first_imgFulham boss Roy Hodgson fears Ghana international John Pantsil may miss the rest of the season after he twisted his knee in the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.Pantsil had been due to link up with Ghana for the Africa Cup of Nations, but Fulham are to send him for scan.“His knee is sufficiently bad that we wouldn’t want to put him on a flight,” said Hodgson.“I’m more concerned he’ll miss the rest of the season because I always fear the worst when players twist their knees.”If Pantsil is ruled out for the season the Ghana defender could also miss the 2010 World Cup.“Whether John goes to the Nations Cup depends on what his scan results are,” added Hodgson. “When he’s fit enough to travel for Ghana to look at him he’s welcome to go – we’re not trying to keep him out of the African Nations Cup.”If Pantsil does miss the tournament in Angola he will join a growing list of Ghanaian stars who have been ruled out of the Africa Cup of NationsCaptain Stephen Appiah has already conceded defeat in his race to be fit, whilst vice-captain John Mensah missed his club side Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn with a hamstring strain.Michael Essien has been out of action for the last few weeks and Laryea Kingston is also set to miss the competition.Ghana face Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo in Group B in Angola. Before Pantsil was substituted he was involved in a ferocious battle at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea’s Ivorian Didier Drogba.But now Panstil, his coach Milovan Rajevac and Ghana’s fans face an anxious wait for the result of the scan.Source: BBClast_img

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