Christian Atsu picked up what looks to be a hamstring injury in Ghana’s second match in the African Cup of Nations today against Cameroon. He was substituted off for Samuel Owusu after managing only fifteen minutes on the pitch. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.
This comes after a very poor performance for Atsu in a disappointing draw for Ghana in their first match against Benin. Atsu drew a lot of criticism for his performance from the Ghanaian fans and press.
Ghana will play Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday in the final match of Group F. They currently lie in second place on two points behind Cameroon who are on four points.
The extent of the injury is unknown but Atsu is one of those players on the fringe at Newcastle at the moment. He lost his place when Paraguayan Miguel Almiron arrived in January. But played very well in the final few games of the season when Almiron went down with his own hamstring injury.
Christian Atsu will have wanted to make his mark in preseason this summer and impress whoever becomes the next Newcastle manager. Now he could be looking at a lengthy spell in the sidelines.