Friday, January 25, 2008
Kolo Toure stretchered off the Africa Nations Cup
By 1970’s Gooner
Kolo Toure, moments after teeing up his brother,Yaya to score the Ivory Coast’s second goal on the 44th minute was stretchered off holding his groin.
The Ivory Coast went on to win the game comfortably with the impressive Drogba scoring the first goal in the 40th minute.
The Toure brothers combined for the second, with Kolo, in one of his last actions before going off, picking up the ball at the back post after Yaya had missed heading home a corner.
Kolo then showed great feet to control possession before sliding across a lovely low pass that his younger brother was able to tap into the net.
Drogba set up Dindane and also Keita for the third and fourth goals of the game.
It could have been many more goals scored for the Ivorians as Benin got a consolation goal.
Kolo’s injury will have to be assessed but if it is a mild groin strain then he will probably be out for two to three weeks.
If it is more serious then the recovery may take 6 weeks or longer.
The tournament lasts till the 10th of February which is only two weeks away giving Toure hardly enough time to recover.
In fact his participation in Arsenal’s game against Blackburn on the 11th of February and also nine days later against AC Milan in the Champions League is now doubtful.
Let us hope that his injury is not as serious as feared.