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By ESPN Staff

Ayew delays shoulder op

Marseille forward Andre Ayew has vowed to play through the pain of an injured shoulder rather than undergo an operation that would end his season.

Ayew, 22, aggravated the long-standing problem on African Nations Cup duty but wants to battle on for the next few months and re-evaluate in the summer.

Ayew, whose late header earned OM a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie last Wednesday, told the club's official website: "I dislocated the shoulder several times. Today, it does not take much.

"If I have an operation now, my season is over. It would not be beneficial either for me or for the club.

"I must grit my teeth, as I have been doing for some time. If it does not hold up any longer, I will have to have the operation, but if I can hold on until the end of the season I will make a decision then.''

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