Owusu's World Cup dream over
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lloyd Owusu's dream is over already after the Brentford striker sustained serious injury.
Lloyd Owusu's World Cup dream is over already after the Brentford striker sustained a torn groin muscle in the African side's friendly with Stuttgart on Wednesday.
Owusu had only just received his first call-up to the Ghana squad from coach Ratomir Dujkovic who has been scouring the Football League in a bid to pep up his squad.
Bees boss Martin Allen confirmed the luckless striker will be out for the next six weeks at least, meaning also he will miss his side's end-of-season promotion push.
"Lloyd played yesterday for Ghana and was taken off injured with a torn groin muscle," Allen told the club's official website.
"This will now keep him out for between six to eight weeks and he will not be available for our remaining games and also the World Cup."
Meanwhile, Reading's James Harper has turned his back on a possible World Cup call-up with Ghana.
The Royals midfielder qualifies for the African country through his mother but has pledged his international future to England.
"I am English through and through," he stated.
The former Arsenal trainee has been in great form this season but will now prepare for his side's first ever appearance in England's top flight and not a World Cup campaign.