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Mensah to miss only one match


FRANCEVILLE, Gabon, January 26 – Ghana skipper John Mensah will only miss one Africa Cup of Nations match over his red card against Botswana, while officials revealed on Thursday that his injury is not as serious as first feared.

Ghana officials said that they have received confirmation from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that Mensah will only miss Saturday’s match against Mali following his dismissal in Ghana’s opening 1-0 victory over Botswana.

The Lyon centre-back also suffered a thigh injury during the Botswana game on Tuesday, but a scan has revealed that his muscle problem is not serious enough to keep him out of the rest of the tournament.

“He will be fine. But how soon he gets fit will depend on a blood clot in his thigh,” said Ghana team doctor Percy Annan.

Ghana and Mali each won their opening Group D games on Tuesday and clash at the Franceville Stadium on Saturday.