Al Ain Face A Tough Time Without Gyan
UAE Pro League leaders Al Ain’s campaign this term could hit the skids following the injury of star striker Asamoah Gyan.
The Ghana international pulled up after chasing a through pass and then left the pitch after 30 minutes of the 4-0 demolition of Emirates in the Pro League on Friday.
Gyan will miss Al Ain’s next two games, against Al Shabab in the league on Wednesday, and the President’s Cup quarter-finals with Baniyas five days later.
Al Ain’s next league game is against Ajman on January 14, and even if Gyan returns to full fitness, he may not be available as he is scheduled to join Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations from 21 January to 12 February.
Head coach Cosmin Olaroiu said he had a race against time to prepare for an important game ahead.
“We have just four days to prepare with whatever available combination we are left with,” the Romanian said.
“Whatever the situation on Gyan and the rest of the injured players, we will go into this game with a very positive frame of mind.
“Shabab have proved to be one of the strongest teams and they are now in second position.
“They will also have the home advantage. However, with our determination and team spirit, we hope to play a strong game and return with another good result.”
Al Ain are the only unbeaten team in the league and they are now five points clear at the top after nine games of the 22 to be played.