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Striker Asamoah Gyan is fit enough to start in Ghana’s opening game against Togo…

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is fit to start the African Nations Cup Group B opening match against Togo, although he pulled out of the friendly against Malawi on Tuesday at the last minute.

“It is just a precaution as the player complained that he felt small pains. We didn't want to take the risk. Gyan said he felt pain and we figured it was the best thing to leave him out but he will definitely be fine,” Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac told kickoffghana.com.

The striker was part of the warm up session with his team-mates but came out due to initial pains. The Stade Rennes forward was replaced by youngster Dominic Adiyiah.

The player later spent time in the Ghana dressing room before emerging with a strapped thigh, according to a Ghanasoccernet.com report.

The four-time African Champions have been ravaged with injuries forcing them to rely on eight members of the U-20 World Cup winning squad to possibly end their Nations Cup title drought.

They face Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso in an all West African Group B.

K.N.S. Mensah, Goal.com

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