Fulham wait on Pantsil injury
Roy Hodgson is waiting on the results of a scan on John Pantsil's knee before letting him link up with Ghana.
Last Updated: 29/12/09 10:00am
Roy Hodgson says Fulham will allow John Pantsil to link up with Ghana for the African Cup of Nations once the results of a scan on his knee are known.
Pantsil picked up a knee injury during Fulham's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Monday and was replaced midway through the second half by Dickson Etuhu.
He is now due to join the Ghana squad for next month's tournament in Angola, but Hodgson is unsure of the severity of the full-back's injury.
The Fulham boss insists he is not trying to prevent Pantsil from playing at the Cup of Nations, but wants to be certain the defender has not suffered any long-term damage before releasing him.
"John Pantsil has twisted his knee and we'll be preparing a scan for him now," said Hodgson.
"We have to find out what the problem with the knee is first.
"Whether John goes to the African Nations Cup depends on what his scan results are and how long he'll be out the game for.
"We'll scan him here because at the moment his knee is sufficiently bad that we wouldn't want to put him on a flight.
"When he's fit enough to travel for Ghana to look at him he's welcome to go. We're not trying to keep him out of the African Nations Cup.
"I'm more concerned that he will miss the rest of the season because I always fear the worst when players twist their knees.''