"It will take about three months for Asamoah to recover," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri announced ahead of the Turin derby against Torino on Sunday. "I regret that I cannot use him but there is still (Patrice) Evra, (Simone) Padoin and (Federico) Mattiello," added the coach who has guided Juventus to a three-point lead at the top of Serie A.
The 25-year-old Asamoah has been a key player for Ghana but the four-time African champions will have do do without him for the tournament, which is set to take place in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January to 8 February.
The Black Stars won the last of their continental titles in 1982 but came closest to adding a fifth in 2010 when they lost the final 1-0 against Egypt in Angola. Asamoah will undergo surgery on a cartilage problem in his left knee in the upcoming days.