Daniel Opare: Augsburg lift ban on Ghanaian defender

By Anthony CraigBBC Sport, Augsburg
Daniel Opare
Opare is now free to make his debut for Augsburg

Ghana international defender Daniel Opare has returned to training with Augsburg after the German club ended the player's suspension.

The 25-year-old had been banned after turning up late for training.

Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter told the club's website: "Everybody deserves a second chance. He made a mistake, which he has realised.

"He has apologised to his team-mates and as far as we are concerned, the case has been solved."

Ausburg coach Markus Weinzierl said: "He's a young player who has made a mistake and recognised it. He's apologised."

Opare trained with the team on Tuesday for the first time since he was punished for arriving late to the final training session before his club faced Darmstadt on 12 March - a fixture where the defender was hoping to make his Bundesliga debut since joining from FC Porto in August.

During his suspension Opare was forced to train alone.

The Ghanaian apologised for what he described as a "mistake - because I did not hear my alarm".

Opare, who has 16 caps for the Black Stars, is now expected to fill the void created by the absence of injured captain and regular right-back Paul Verhaegh.

He won the Fifa U-20 World Cup with Ghana in 2009 and played for the senior side at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but has since been overlooked by Ghana coach Avram Grant due to a lack of regular club football.

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