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 injury looked bad but the player himself has been reported to have said after the game that he expected to recover in time for the next match against Mali in Accra on Tuesday!
This now is confirmed by a team official who said he expected Kolo to be available for the next game.
“His injury is not important. When he first came off it looked bad but now he is okay and recovering. We think he will be fit for the next game on Tuesday" said Ouattara Hego, general secretary of the Federation Ivoirienne de Football.
This assessment looks rushed to me as it comes even before the player has had a chance to have a scan that would have determined the extent of the injury.
If a player comes off a football pitch holding his groin unable to walk then it looks pretty serious to me. Usually with a mild groin strain a player will probably be out for two to three weeks. If it is more serious then the recovery may take 6 weeks or longer.
If he makes the mistake of playing with the injury then he runs the risk of aggravating it even further and may be causing long term damage.
I am sure Arsene Wenger will have something to say about this.