Former Celtic man Eboue Kouassi suffers virus setback

By Hamish Carton

July 9, 2020

Former Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi has suffered a fresh blow after being struck down by malaria.

The Scottish Sun report that the Ivory Coast midfielder, who departed Neil Lennon’s men permanently at the start of the month, has been hospitalised after feeling unwell last week.

Kouassi in action for Celtic (Photo by Peter KovalevTASS via Getty Images)

Kouassi has been in hospital in Genk, where he now plays his football, and tested positive for the disease but is expected to make a full recovery.

The report states that he should be discharged before the weekend and will then be free to resume full training with his team-mates at the Belgian club.

Kouassi in Genk colours (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Kouassi has had malaria before

Strangely enough, this isn’t the first time that Kouassi has been diagnosed with the virus – which can be deadly.

Back in early 2017, shortly after joining the club, he was hospitalised but the symptoms were said to be “very mild” (Scottish Sun, 2017) and he made a full recovery.

Celtic supporting anoraks may also recall former Hoops defender Bobo Balde contracting malaria back in 2004.

The giant defender had been back home in Guinea where he played his international football.

In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria diagnosed around the world, as per the World Health Organisation.

Kouassi in action before a Celtic clash (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Their website gives a fascinating insight into the virus which is mainly transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable.

We wish Eboue Kouassi a full and speedy recovery.