JOHN MENSAH PICKING

John Mensah

Ghana and FC Nitra libero John Mensah has denied claims that his early substitution in last weekend?s game against FC Brno was due to injury.

Mensah featured for his new side for less than 20 minutes when they hosted Lombard Papa ? a situation which has been misconstrued as the player picking up fresh injury.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE SPORTS yesterday, the tough defender revealed that the team?s trainer Ladislav Hudec decided to rest him for this weekend?s crucial duel against Spartak Myjava, hence his early exit from the game.

?It is not true that I was replaced due to injury. We have a crucial game this Saturday at home and my coach told me to watch the rest of the game from the bench.

?So far, it?s been good. We are hoping to win this Saturday to make our fans happy. I have been training with the team and hoping to gain first team shirt,? he said.

He said he was coping in the Slovakian Super Liga and will hit top gear pretty soon.

The former Sunderland defender joined the Slovakian side last month after months of inactivity  due to injury.

Meanwhile, national team mate Kwadwo Asamoah has expressed delight over the defender?s probable comeback to the Black Stars for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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