Good news for Levante and Ghana as Boateng makes early injury return

The 22-year-old resumed training on Thursday, almost three weeks into an anticipated four to six-week layoff

Spanish side Levante have been boosted ahead of commencement of La Liga following an earlier-than-anticipated recovery of injured striker Emmanuel Boateng. 

The presence of the youngster in The Frogs' training on Thursday was a big source of joy for the side, having been expected to return only after the start of the season.

The 22-year-old picked up an injury during a pre-season friendly against English outfit Bournemouth on July 20.

After a first test proved inconclusive, a second examination showed a knee injury that was to keep him on the sidelines between four to six weeks. 

By that timeline, he was ruled out of Levante's first league game of the season against Real Betis on August 18, with an added possibility of sitting out games against Celta de Vigo and Valencia.

He is, however, now set to be available from the get go, and will partner new club signing and compatriot Raphael Dwamena. 

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Last season, Boateng netted six times in 25 La Liga games involving 10 starts for Levante. 

Four of the six goals came against giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, with his magnificent hat-trick against the Blaugrana grabbing global headlines.

The youngster's return is also welcome news for Ghana ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya on September 7.