Ajax Amsterdam midfielder, Kudus Mohammed is racing against time to be fit for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Cameroon in January 2022.
The midfielder suffered the latest setback while on international duty with Ghana and is set to be out for the rest of the year.
Kudus got injured around the rib area and was stretchered off in the early minutes of the Black Stars’ final group game in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against South Africa in Cape Coast last Sunday.
Giving an update on Kudus’ situation, manager ten Hag cast doubt over the possibility of the youngster returning to action in the next six weeks to end year 2021.
“It is a serious injury that will take a while,” he said.
“I don’t know if he will be able to get into action this calendar year.
“It is very annoying that he was injured again.
“He had just been fit for a while and has played a number of games. He played a very good role against Borussia Dortmund. It’s extremely disappointing, especially for himself.
“He is deeply disappointed that it will happen to him again. We’ll have to pull him out and he’ll have to lift himself up again,” ten Hag added.
Mohammed Kudus has been unlucky with injuries this season and it has affected his game time. It is unknown if he could be fully fit in time for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon in January next year.