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Massive boost for Black Stars as defender Jonathan Mensah makes injury return

Published on: 16 September 2012

Ghana's preparation for the final 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi got a massive boost after defender Jonathan Mensah returned from injury.

The 22-year-old played his first competitive match for French top-flight side Evian in eight months on Saturday after a long injury lay-off.

Memsah has been in the treatment room since he aggravated a thigh injury in February after the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

With the centre-back regaining his fitness, he will be available for coach Kwesi Appiah ahead of the away game, giving the Black Stars boss several strong options at the heart of the defence.

Mensah was a beneficiary of the six changes made by new Evian coach Pascal Dupraz which resulted in their first league win beating Bastia 3-0 at the Parc des Sports on Saturday.

The centre-back lasted the entire duration of the match which saw 36-year-old Cédric Barbosa bagged a brace and a single from Yannick Sagbo.

Mensah moved to Evian TG in the summer of 2011 and has managed only two appearances in the French top-flight.

Watch video of Jonathan Mensah in action for Evian on Saturday



This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • ghanaman84 says:
    September 16, 2012 02:02 pm
    He is a Europa league striker who has scored in Europa!! How many African teams can boast of having a Europa league striker that scores there??
  • real sabacious says:
    September 16, 2012 02:20 pm
    the blackstars is for setting players,asuch they will always get a call irrespective of their current form.inkoom and derek boateng have not be playing or warm the bench of of dipro but they will always get a call ahead of inform and active players like adomah,wakaso who gave a great assit today and got sub due to begiining to doubt akwasi appiah!
  • ola lumide says:
    September 16, 2012 02:16 pm
    God bless Jonah. He has been through so much. I'm happy for him at this point in his life. Stay focused son!!!!
  • @GHgeordie says:
    September 16, 2012 09:58 am
    Everyday and a new age of ghanaian players. Lazy reporting, jonathan is 22 not 20. GSN pls make sure the facts in your posts are accurate before posting.
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    September 16, 2012 12:26 pm
    Good news. Man we have so many talented youngsters right now: Atsu (21), Frimpong (20), Kwadwo (23), Dede (22), Jordan (20), Jonathan (22) etc.
  • kimco says:
    September 16, 2012 01:15 pm
    did you say talented and jordan in the same sentence... Mind=blown.
  • ghanaman84 says:
    September 16, 2012 06:14 pm
    Inkoom won't be called for the next one and Derek may not be called if he does not get minutes.
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    September 16, 2012 10:03 pm
    Jordan's a reguar starter for Marseille right now. He just scored the only goal this night to keep Maseille at #1 spot of Ligue 1. More grease to your elbows.
  • kimco says:
    September 19, 2012 11:53 pm
    ah yes, the wonderful jordan, he's just wonderful for his team, he evn dressess up well for league games, no Sagging pants, only if he could replicate it where it's really is important, u know,a certain team which starts with B and ends with S. Imo talent runs across and is consistent. Inb4 ''but but but he scores more goals for marseille, therefore he must be talented'' i don't care about marseille.