Mensah reveals injury concern

The 27-year-old Ghana skipper, currently on a season’s loan at the

Stadium of Light from Lyon, is due to meet up with his

international team-mates next week ahead of the African Nations Cup

in Angola. However, he will do so still nursing the hamstring

injury which kept him out of Monday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at

Blackburn, the latest in a series of fitness problems which have

limited him to just four league starts for the club. Mensah has

been plagued by hamstring and calf injuries which medics believe

could stem from his back, and he is desperate to get to the bottom

of the issue as he fights to be fit for his country’s opening clash

with Togo on January 11. He said: “I am happy to be with

Sunderland, but I am very sad that I have not been able to play

because of injuries. “I don’t understand why I have had so many

injuries. I need the doctors to tell me why, and they are trying to

find out what it is. “I feel I can do well in the Premier League,

and of course the African Nations Cup is a big goal for me and my

country. “The World Cup is also next year, so this should be

exciting for me, but all I can worry about is why I keep suffering

these injuries.” Mensah, who will miss the Black Cats’ FA Cup

third-round clash with non-league Barrow at the weekend, has been

in regular touch with national coach Milovan Rajevac, but admits

his injury could keep him out of the early part of Ghana’s

campaign. He told the Sunderland Echo: “I could be out for three

weeks now and I’m quite disturbed about the news. “I am still

talking to the Ghana coach to see how things will go for me. I will

join the squad and hopefully play.”