Boateng slams Pompey medics
Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has hit out at the 'amateurish' medical care he has received.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 19/02/10 5:29pm
Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has hit out at the 'amateurish' medical care he has received at the club.
The German-born Ghana hopeful is currently out with a torn ankle ligament, which he says was misdiagnosed by the medical staff at Fratton Park.
With Pompey currently embroiled in off-field financial trouble and making the headlines daily for all the wrong reasons, this damning indictment is yet another stain on the club's reputation.
Boateng, who moved to the South Coast at the beginning of the season, has regularly been linked with a move away and is widely expected to leave at the end of the current campaign.
And although he does not think his chances of making the Ghana squad for this summer's World Cup have been damaged by the misdiagnosis, he admits he is angry at the care he has received.
"At my club Portsmouth my foot pains were diagnosed as a strain of the syndesmotic ligament," Boateng told Sport Bild.
"Now doctors in Cologne have confirmed that the ligament is torn and I will be out for weeks.
"The World Cup is not in danger, but I had tears in my eyes.
"Earlier I myself was responsible for the setbacks in my career, now the medical support is amateurish.
"I am mad. At Portsmouth we don't have the level of medical care like there is at (former clubs) Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund."
However, despite being unhappy with Portsmouth for his medical attention, he has thanked manager Avram Grant and former boss Paul Hart with helping him get his career back on track, saying he has his 'life back under control'.
"The best clobber was important to me - and that I was known in nightclubs. It got completely out of hand," he added.
"I bought three cars in one day. For a high six-figure sum I got a Lamborghini, a Hummer and a Cadillac Oldtimer.
"In addition, from that time I still today have around 200 caps, around 20 leather jackets and 160 pairs of shoes.
"I had, because of my frustration, an enormous appetite for shopping."
He remarked that he had 'no desire to train in the morning' and sometimes 'squandered inconceivably large amounts of money in the nights'.
"But it all did not make me happy. I was broken, in another world," he added.
"I know today that a high percentage of my colleagues are insolvent after their career.
"That will not happen with me. I put a portion of my salary to the side. My cars have all been sold."
Boateng also revealed that he would be delighted to return to the German Bundesliga in the future.
He said: "Some top clubs are interested in me. My next contract will be with a top European club. A return to the Bundesliga would be super."