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Dr. Boateng assures on Oduro & Kwadwo Poku

Story by: Jerome Otchere, Kumasi


Supporters of Asante Kotoko have been asked to have the confidence that two of the club’s players Stephen Oduro and Kwadwo Poku ‘Mahala’ who have been sidelined for months by injury would return to action soon.


The two players have neither trained actively nor featured for the team since the start of the 2009/2010 season. Indeed they could not train as expected even during the off-season in view of their condition.


Stephen Oduro and Kwadwo Poku have both been battling with a knee injury. Thankfully, Alex Asamoah, who was also on the injury list for a while featured for sixty-one minutes in last Sunday local derby against King Faisal before he was substituted by Kabiru Imoro.


Stephen Oduro and Kwadwo Poku on the other hand recently underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan in Accra.


Reports of the MRI scan are yet to be made public, however, team doctor Kwaku Boateng who has been closely monitoring the condition of the players says there was no need for supporters of the club to panic, to the extent of losing hope that the duo would be back in time to join their colleagues.


Although the hard working team doctor appreciated the feeling of majority of the fans who have shown and continue to expressed ‘pain’ over the absence of the players, he disclosed that it was nothing unusual for players to be sidelined by injury for a long period.


The medical doctor cited copious instances across the world where players have been knocked out by injury to buttress his stance. He thus reiterated that what the players were experiencing was nothing bizarre.


“The supporters’ reaction is natural but they should not despair. The players will be fine. They should pray for them and be confident that they will recover soon” he says.


While one is not exactly sure how the performance and contribution of these players would have altered the fortunes of the team in the ongoing Glo Premier League, many are those who are convinced that the Porcupines would have been better off with Kwadwo Poku and Stephen Oduro playing an active role in the team.


Though this could all be mere feelings, given the skill, intelligence, influence in addition to the experience of Stephen Oduro; the efficacy of Kwadwo Poku’s striking power on a good day the feeling cannot be easily rubbished or dismissed.


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