Mensah: My withdrawal was precautionary

Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah has played down injury fears following his early substitution in Ghana’s 2-0 win over Comoros in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The Evian TG centre-half lasted only 26 minutes after picking what appeared to be a hamstring injury as the Black Stars confirmed their place for the third round of the African qualifiers at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

“It [withdrawal] was just some precautionary measure,” Mensah said.

“I felt some strain in my muscle and I just needed to prevent myself from any injury.

“That was why I came off. I hope it doesn’t turn out anything bad. I don’t feel any hard pains [as at now].”

Mubarak Wakaso scored on 18 minutes while Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew added a second goal five minutes from full time to wrap up a 2-0 aggregate score for the Stars, following a goalless draw in the first leg.

“It is getting tougher and we are also getting better in every game we play. We will take it [the qualifiers] game after game.

“We all saw the Comoros team. They played very well but the most important thing was that we wanted to win and we won the game.”

Ghana join 19 other nations for the third and final round which will see 20 teams divided into five groups of four.