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W2W4: 2018 World Cup preliminary draw

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Akaminko to miss World Cup

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Defender Jerry Akaminko is out of Ghana's final World Cup squad after being injured in a warm-up game against the Netherlands.

Turkey-based Akaminko, Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp and striker David Accam were cut from the final group named by coach Kwesi Appiah on Sunday.

Captain Asamoah Gyan and midfielder Sulley Muntari were included to play at their third World Cup. Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng also made the 23-man squad.

Akaminko hurt his ankle in Saturday's 1-0 loss to 2010 World Cup finalist the Netherlands in Rotterdam and will be sidelined for three months.

The Ghana squad now travel to the United States for a final friendly against South Korea. Ghana, quarterfinalists four years ago, play the U.S., Germany and Portugal in Group G at the World Cup.

Final 23-man Ghana squad

Goalkeepers:Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)

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