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John Mensah denies retirement reports

19:17 GMT+3 02/11/2017
John Mensah Black Stars Ghana
The defender says he is not hanging up his boots despite a complicated injury situation

Former Ghana captain John Mensah has denied reports that he is to retire from football following a persistent knee problem which has limited his field action.

The 34-year-old has been without a club since departing Slovakian side FC Nitra in 2014 but came close to joining Swedish Allsvenskan outfit AFC Eskilstuna before the deal fell through.

However, the former Sunderland centre-back believes he still stand a chance to return to the Black Stars upon recovery.

"There is no age limit set for the national team which forces a player to retire.” Mensah told Angel FM.

”As a footballer, you only make those decisions based on your health and feelings, whether to retire and focus on something different. I’m praying to have a speedy recovery and then I can decide from there.

"Apart from that, if I manage to get a team by then and the national team handlers present me an invite, I will accept it. This is because I am still a Ghanaian and didn’t leave the team on a bad note," he said.

He added: "Moreover, it was injuries which distracted everything but for now, my concentration is on my injury which I want to be healed from and then plan for the future but for retirement, it's not part of the options for now.” 

Mensah, who boasts of 86 international caps and three goals, was part of the Black Stars squad that represented Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 Fifa World Cup. He last played for the country in 2012.