Friday, December 28, 2007

Appiah Could Be Exiting Kadikoy

Appiah Could Be Exiting Kadikoy
By Nathan L. Redd

After missing most of the 2007-2008 season, rumors are circulating that Fenerbahce's Stephen Appiah may be leaving the club soon. According to one report in Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Fenerbahce has requested to void the contract of Appiah based on his current health and fitness. Appiah missed the end of last year's championship campaign and has been sidelined for nearly all of this season with a knee injury. He underwent surgery to correct the problem, but more medical issues have arisen for the Ghana star. According to one report, a circulatory issue is not only threatening Appiah's current fitness level, but possibly could shorten his career.

Appiah went to Torino, Italy recently to seek a second opinion on the potential surgery after hearing from Turkish doctors. The midfielder seemed resigned to possibly skipping the surgery, and he's been adamant about his ability to return to the pitch this season. He recently issued a statement saying he hopes to play for his native Ghana in the African Cup of Nations which begins in early February.

Fenerbahce may be preparing for life after Appiah by looking at transfer options during the January transfer window. The club could be seeking a definitive answer on Appiah's future as they look forward to bringing new talent into Turkiye.

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