Ghana’s defender, Gideon Mensah, will be unable to participate in the Black Stars’ upcoming match against Madagascar due to an injury.
Mensah, who plays for AJ Auxerre, joined the national team’s camp on Monday but did not participate in training at the Accra Sports Stadium. The medical team assessed him and identified a knee injury that he had sustained during the season.
The team doctor confirmed that the injury prevents Mensah from taking part in the game. “Gideon suffered a knee injury during the season, but his club managed it conservatively until the end of the season. After evaluating him in camp on Monday, we decided it was best to excuse him from this match to avoid worsening the injury,” stated Dr. Prince Pambo, the head of the medical team, according to ghanafa.org. He added, “We expect him to rest adequately during the break to ensure a timely recovery for the next season.”
In the meantime, the team will continue their preparations at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
Mensah, who made his debut for Ghana in 2019 against South Africa, has already represented the national team in the Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. His absence will be felt by the team, as he has been a valuable asset on the defensive line.
The Black Stars are scheduled to depart the country on Friday, June 16, heading to the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in Antananarivo for the game, which will take place on Sunday, June 18.