Stephen Appiah (l) battles Ronaldinho [GALLO/GETTY]
Ghana captain Stephen Appiah will miss the African Cup of Nations due to a knee injury.

The midfielder won't play for two months "because of complications surrounding his long-term knee injury," a statement on the African Cup's website said.

Ghana is hosting the 2008 African Cup, which runs from Jan. 20 to Feb. 10.

Appiah travelled to Italy for tests where the extent of his injury was confirmed, the statement said.

"The news has come as a bitter blow to Stephen," a statement on the player's website said.

"He has been working hard in the last week or so to prove he is fine and fit."

Appiah helped Ghana become the only African team to advance to the knockout stages of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Source: Agencies