UNFORTUNATE Eboue Kouassi has seen his loan spell at Genk put in jeopardy – after just five minutes of action.

The 22-year-old Ivorian midfielder joined the Belgian champions in a temporary switch last month in an effort to seal a permanent deal.

Kouassi, who was bought for £3million by ex-boss Brendan Rodgers from Russian outfit Krasnodar in January 2017, has failed to figure under Neil Lennon and was due to spend the remainder of the campaign at his new club. But, after a brief appearance as a substitute, his plans could be wrecked.

The luckless midfielder has now sustained a freak injury following a training ground accident.

Team mate Theo Bongonda landed awkwardly on Kouassi after a challenge in a bounce game and Genk feared it was a recurrence of the cruciate ligament injury he suffered at Celtic in 2018 which sidelined him for nine months.

However, a hospital scan revealed it is a medial ligament injury instead.

The latest setback could see Kouassi’s chances of a move to the Belgians scuppered because of lack of game time.

He is under contract at the eight-in-a-row champions until June 2021.


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