Ayew prepared to play with pain to avoid operation

Marseille winger Andre Ayew is prepared to postpone a shoulder

operation until the end of the season to help his club challenge on

three fronts.

Marseille is still involved in the Champions League and is

chasing a top-three finish in the French league to secure a

European place next season. Marseille also plays Lyon in the League

Cup final in April.

The Ghana international says the pain in his left shoulder is

becoming too much but feels he must keep playing.

”I’ve dislocated my shoulder several times. It’s no longer

staying in place properly. If I have an operation now, my season is

over,” Ayew said Tuesday on Marseille’s website. ”That won’t be

beneficial either for me or for the club.”

The 22-year-old Ayew was carrying the injury when he played for

Ghana at the recent African Cup of Nations. He has been one of

Marseille’s key players this season, scoring 11 goals in all

competitions, and two at the African Cup.

”I will have to grit my teeth, as I have been doing for a while

now,” Ayew said. ”When it no longer holds, I will have to go

under (the surgeon’s knife). But if I can hold out until the end of

the season, (I will).”

He scored Marseille’s injury-time goal when it beat Inter Milan

1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 matchup last

week. Ayew also scored a hat trick in the Champions Trophy when

Marseille beat Lille 5-4 in the traditional curtain raiser to the

season.

Marseille hosts Toulouse in the French league on Sunday.