Ghana's Yussif regains consciousness, ruled out of India game

The youngster collided with an opponent and collapsed during Ghana vs. USA game in the U-17 World Cup on Monday

Ghana midfielder Abdul Razak Yussif has regained consciousness following a head collision with an opponent during the Black Starlets' 1-0 defeat to United States at the Fifa U-17 World Cup on Monday.

The 16-year-old was rushed to the Fortis Escort Heart Hospital in New Delhi after receiving first aid treatment at the stadium.

 “Abdul Razak Yussif has regained consciousness after being rushed to the hospital during yesterday's World Cup group match in India,” a Ghana FA statement read.

“The Koforidua Youth enforcer remains at the Fortis Escort Heart Hospital in Delhi after he suffered a head injury during the match against the United States. Ghana medical chiefs have confirmed that the youngster will stay in the hospital for further tests to ensure that he fully recovers.

“Yussif was stretchered off after he was involved in a clash with American striker Josh Sargent in the 81st minute of the Group A match.

“The Ghanaian youngster was knocked unconscious after the clash of heads and regained consciousness after treatment at the hospital.”

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The statement added: “Doctors will continue with further tests on the player after their preliminary examinations revealed that he suffered a concussion after the clash of heads.

“Even though he has fully regained consciousness, Yussif will be kept at the hospital for further observation to ensure he regains full fitness. He has been ruled out of the Black Starlets next match against hosts India on Thursday."

Ghana's High Commissioner to India, His Excellency Mike Ocquaye Jnr and other high dignitaries as well as Ghana FA executive committee members visited Yussif to offer him support.