Mensah set to miss 2012 AFCON qualifier

Published on: 20 August 2010

Ghana defender John Mensah could miss next month's opening 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland because of injury.

His English club Sunderland have confirmed Ghana World Cup captain will be out of action for three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury on the opening weekend of the English Premier League.

The centre-back got injured when he made a last-ditch challenge during the 2-2 draw with Birmingham, damaging his hamstring while stretching for the ball.

Scans have shown up a grade 2 hamstring tear, definitely ruling Mensah out of the trip to West Brom and most likely the game against Colchester.

It’s thought the injury could rule Mensah out for around three weeks.

If he is ruled out for three weeks he will be unavailable as the Black Stars travel to face Swaziland on 5 September.

In his absence Ghana are likely to rely on the central defensive pair of Jonathan Mensah and Isaac Vorsah.


  • yaw2
    says: 9 years ago
    MY brother take care of your self.God is on your side and you will be back stronger than ever.
  • Fu-Chu
    says: 9 years ago
    John Mensah will be missed, but Jonathan Mensah is really coming into his own. Isaac Vorsah is already proven. Ghana is blessed with world class defenders. I also love the height of Jonathan Mensah and Isaac Vorsah.
  • cool
    says: 9 years ago
    Please someone should advice this guy to give it up.When It's over, it is over-The soul is willing but the flesh is weak.
  • john q
    says: 9 years ago
    this guy is amazing but he will never be fully fit until he goes for the operation on his back. He should take a year out and come back again.
  • EK
    says: 9 years ago
    Essien temporarily quits, Mensah follows pursuit, who is next...Lets be real, the stars don't want to waste their time on games like these. Essien ( and other players like Paintsil, Muntari, etc) have all be found of turning up with injuries to miss qualifiers for Ghana because Chelsea during the time of Jose Mourinho wanted his players to be around and I'm sure Ancielotti is no stranger . I don't blame them but its time Ghana see to the fact that such hoax can not fool us and we will fight forward till the end without them. Wish these superstars luck through out their season; but Milo should not rely on them in these games cuz they are getting paid the big bucks and they won't risk any chances to injury.
  • Bardmangh
    says: 9 years ago
    Ah,Ghana we just dey tolerate nonsense!which 21st Century footballing sense Mr.John Mensah get wey we want make e come waste wanna time? people!the paddy grow bunch plus he since he has been able to cheat nature well,well,we should leave him alone soo he can afford to give more alms to the poor......mabe as sanla dey come e go buy Cow from sunderland come give the Cheif Immam for fadamah! we for make the 20sumtins play the ball!