Antoine Semenyo’s Bristol City return date after Ghana suffer World Cup elimination
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Antoine Semenyo’s World Cup journey is over after Ghana were knocked out in the group stages. The Black Stars only needed to draw with Uruguay, but fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Al Janoub Stadium, which saw both teams fail to qualify.
Ghana finished bottom of the group with three points, claiming a win over South Korea in their second match, but falling to defeats to group winners Portugal and Uruguay.
After former Swansea City striker Andre Ayew missed his penalty, Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored a brace without a reply. Semenyo was sent on for Inaki Williams in the 72nd minute to find a response and he almost scored.
The 22-year-old was found in a tight-angle and he drilled his effort low across the post. Former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates then made a vital block as the South American side sought a third goal. Despite eight minutes of additional time and a penalty appeal turned down, the scoreline stayed the same and both went out.
So with Ghana out, what is the time scale for Antoine Semenyo’s return to Bristol City?
What did Nigel Pearson say?
Before the World Cup, Semenyo’s club manager Nigel Pearson said that given the nature of the Championship season, he would expect him to return.
The Robins are in league action against Rotherham United on Saturday (December 10) and Semenyo should be in contention.
“I would expect him to come back in because we will need him,” stated Pearson in mid-November.
“International players, that is a part of what they are. If you’re an international player you can forget your long summer breaks because that is when most of the tournaments are.”
What did Antoine Semenyo say?
“I think I would want to come back straight in,” Semenyo said last month when asked if he would want a break.
“I’m coming back from injury now and the World Cup coming now is probably the best thing that could have happened to me.
“It can boost up my fitness so when I am back I am raring to go I’ll be fiery. I think coming straight back is what I intend to do.”