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Soccer News of Monday, 28 October 2013


Chelsea striker Latif needs $4200 for knee surgery

Berekum Chelsea striker Latif Salifu’s dream of succeeding ex-goal king Mahatma Otoo is over after being diagnosed of an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The former Liberty Professionals attacker who missed nine games in the second round of last season to injury but ended up as his club’s top scorer with six goals had hoped to stay fit for the new season and give his best in challenging for the top scorer award but was dealt with a fresh setback in an off-the-ball incident in Chelsea’s 2-0 away loss to Amidaus on match-day 2 of the current season.

“It was an off-the-ball incident and the Amidaus player stepped on my leg; was obvious the player wanted to hurt me and he succeeded. The doctors have done a couple of checks and have confirmed I’ve suffered an ACL tear in my right knee and would need $4200 to do the reconstruction,” the 23 year old attacker told 90 MINUTES.

“On Monday (today), my team manager (at Berekum Chelsea) and I would be seeing the club’s specialist to see how the process to correct the problem would go,” he added.

The former Ghana U-20 front-man has had a similar injury and had it corrected by a specialist in South Africa a couple of years ago. He is expected to be out for at least 9 months.

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