Ghana full-back Rahman out for the rest of season

Reuters , Tuesday 24 Jan 2017,
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Ghana's defender Baba Rahman is carried off the pitch during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 17, 2017 (Photo: AFP)

Ghana defender Baba Rahman has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery in Germany, officials said on Tuesday.

The Chelsea fullback, on loan this season to Schalke 04, flew to London for initial examinations and then on to Germany after suffering the injury during Ghana's opening game at the African Nations Cup finals in Gabon.

He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and damaged the inner and outer meniscus, the Ghana FA officials added. Coach Avram Grant blamed the poor surface at Port Gentil for the injury, suffered in the first half against Uganda one week ago.

Rahman will begin rehabilitation with Chelsea in the coming days.

The 22-year-old cost the London club £21.7m in August 2015 and made 23 appearances before Antonio Conte agreed to loan him to Schalke at the beginning of this season.

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