By Rahman Osman
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Experienced trainer EK Afranie has advised Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah not to include injury-prone John Mensah in his World Cup squad if there are doubts about his fitness.
The 31-year-old has been battling a recurring back problem since joining Slovakian topflight side FC Nitra.
Mensah has returned to top-tier and there are increased calls for his inclusion in Ghanaâ€™s squad to Brazil because of his leadership qualities at the back.
But Afranie argues that the former Sunderland centre-back has not got the requisite fitness to be named in Ghanaâ€™s squad.
â€œJohn is an absolute world class defender for me but we must also admit that his injury concerns have slowed him down which makes it delicate to include him,â€ Afranie told GHANASoccernet.com
â€œA fit John Mensah for me is a good call but if we are not sure of his fitness level then I beg to differ.
â€œHe has been there and seen it all. Â If for a second we have a doubt about his state letâ€™s not risk it might backfire and leave us short of options.â€
Mensah would be looking to make is third world cup appearance after leading Ghana to an impressive quarter finals finish four years ago in South Africa.