Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris could miss the 2014 World Cup because of a severe thigh injury, Black Stars medical officials have confirmed.
The medical team is working around the clock to get the Spartak Moscow goal poacher back on his feet before the Black Stars’ opening game against the USA on June 16. But he will still likely miss the firstMORE: U.S. MVP rankings | USA vs. Nigeria photos | Oliver destroys FIFA | Nike's epic WC film
Waris, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Valenciennes, damaged his quadriceps during a 4-0 win in warm-up game against South Korea on Monday and could be ruled out of the World Cup.
“He had a knock on his left thigh. We initially tried to see if he could go back to play but we realized it was an injury that needed to be taken care of and managed well,” team doctor Baba Adam told the Ghana FA's official site. “We did an MRI on the quadriceps and what we realized is that, there was a tear.
“We hope to get him on to the field again pretty soon. However, we are still monitoring him to the deadline when we will give our final statement on his state of affairs.”
“The FIFA deadline is [June] 15, so we will monitor till that day and see how things turn up," Adam added.
Ghana is expected to touch down in Brazil on Wednesday for the global showpiece.