Injured Kotoko defender Evans Quao has refused to be emotionally knocked down by the injury that is expected to keep him out of action for a minimum of six weeks saying that it wouldn’t be too late for him to get back and continue with his progress.
The versatile player was enjoying a blissful preseason under Coach Zdravko Logarusic until he injured his left foot in the last pre-season game against Natcoster FC at the Baba Yara Stadium. His left foot has since been in a below backslap P. O. P. with the Medical Team, headed by Dr. Michael Leat, who subsequently ruled him out of action.
Three weeks after the injury, Quao, whose impact in pre-season made him a likely starter, admits that the incident has retarded him but that’s not the end of it. “I took it in good faith” he told Asantekotokosc.com.
“That’s because God knows best. I can say that it has slowed down my progress but it’s not too late for me to get back and continue. I was disappointed that it came at the time it did. Injuries are part of football and there was nothing I could do about it. I believe I will return stronger to be who I want to be” he said.
“I was given six weeks. Next week will be my fourth week. My prayer now is that, God heals me completely and faster than it was scheduled. I’m praying that, I get out of the P. O. P. and start training. It’s time that will tell whether or not I will come back for a starting role”.
Evans Quao further revealed that, he was recuperating well and that he could return earlier than expected. “There’s a lot of improvement. I’ve been able to walk at home throughout this week without aid or support. I didn’t feel any pain. I’m told by the doctors that the affected part of the foot is healed but I need complete healing” he said.
Quao also explained the circumstances that led to the injury. “I controlled a loose ball with my left foot and I was about to give a pass with my right foot when an opponent ran his body into mine from nowhere. The referee gave a foul which I took with my right foot. I tried to make a step forward with my left foot but I couldn’t. I forcefully lifted the foot.
I felt a sharp pain when I placed it down and that was when I realized there was injury”. Asked about Kotoko performance in the 2016/17 Premier League, Quao described the show so far as “Super” saying that a quality, all round team should be expected soon. “The team is super. It doesn’t depend on any player. It’s an all round team. We don’t have any key player.
All the players, from the starting line-up to the bench, are equally good. The coach has made it clear to us that he can even push a defender to strike upfront and that he wouldn’t have any issues with the player once he does what he wants” Quao ended.