AFCON 2017 Adam Kwarasey explains Ghana absence

The goalkeeper excused himself from Ghana's AFCON 2017 squad and was replaced by Fatau Dauda.

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Ghana goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey has denied reports he will undergo surgery for the injury that ruled him out of Ghana's AFCON participation in Gabon in January.

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The Rosenborg goalkeeper was replaced by Fatau Dauda after being named in the provisional squad for training camp in the United Arab Emirates by national team coach Avram Grant.

In an exclusive interview with, a disappointed Kwarasey revealed the nature of his injury.

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"It's a minor injury," he said."There is no surgery required; just treatment for lower back pains.

The former Portland Timbers goalie also explained why despite it being a minor injury, he still decided not to risk staying in camp.

"The reason I am not going [Gabon] is because I decided that it will not be fair to go if I am not sure I can contribute from day one. I was the one that said it's better to have three available goalkeepers for a tournament as difficult as the AFCON."

The 29-year-old however admitted that he "could be fit during the tournament or right before it starts."

Kwarasey won the Norwegian league and cup titles with Rosenborg last season. He is capped 22 times for Ghana.

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