Genoa search for new striker following Kouame blow


Genoa's star forward Christian Kouame is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a serious knee injury.

The 21-year-old suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in action for the Ivory Coast at the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Kouame suffered the injury during the Young Elephants’ second Group B match against South Africa last Tuesday.

He returned to Genoa on Saturday before undergoing surgery in Rome on Monday, with the club confirming the operation was successful.

Genoa have yet to reveal how long they expect their young star to be out for but he is looking at six months on the sidelines and it comes as a massive blow to the club.

Kouame is Genoa’s leading goalscorer this season, with five goals in 11 appearances, and he will be a big loss.

If there is a positive, the injury has occurred before the January transfer window, meaning boss Thiago Motta will have the opportunity to bring in a replacement.

There is already talk the Rossoblu are lining up a swoop for AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek, who may be allowed to leave the San Siro on a six-month loan deal.

Hammarby striker Muamer Tankovic, who has netted 14 goals in 28 games so far this season, has also been mentioned as a possible target.

Genoa sit just one place above the relegation places in Serie A and so a new striker, and a good one at that, is a must.