Kayserispor president reveals why Gyan opted out of Uganda showdown

The president of the Turkish club has admitted that they advised the striker not to cause more harm to his injured leg

Kayserispor president Erol Bedir has revealed that they advised Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan to sit out the Black Stars' penultimate game in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Uganda on October 7.

The 31-year-old hurt his knee last month against Congo in Kumasi and is yet to fully recover.

He was earlier named in Kwesi Appiah's 26-man provisional squad against the Cranes but has been ruled out.

"Asamoah Gyan had an injury. He had an improvement in his recovery ahead of the game against Bursa, but we rested him," Bedir told Turkeytelegraph.com.

"We also asked him about the national team game against Uganda. We said that he just got out of injury so it will be bad option to risk the injury in national game since he is not fully fit.

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"He couldn't play in league for three weeks and so he lacks match fitness so he also met with the technical team of Ghana national team and they agreed. That is why we made a post that Asamoah Gyan did not go and join his national team," he added.

Ghana need a win at all cost to stand a chance to make it to a fourth consecutive tournament since 2006, as they sit third in Group E with five points, four points behind Egypt.

The Pharaohs will also welcome Congo in the other group game in Alexandria.