Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says he is playing each game as if its his last after revealing his injury hell almost forced him to quit football. The iconic talisman has endured a succession of injuries which has restricted him to few appearances in recent seasons.

Andre Ayew scored for the second weekend in a row but it was once again not enough as West Ham were beaten 3-2 at home by a resurgent Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy — three of the main protagonists of last season’s title triumph — stunned the Hammers with first-half goals.

The news that Michael Essien’s wife, Akosua Puni, had purchased the Italian third division side Como at an auction certainly raised a few eyebrows this week. She paid £206,000 to take control of the bankrupt club, facing no competition, and will try to lead the Lega Pro outfit back into the big time. But those who have had the pleasure of visiting Como and the club’s Giuseppe Sinigaglia stadium will immediately understand the appeal.

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