Gor Mahia defender set for knee surgery in France
Gor Mahia defender set for knee surgery in France

Gor Mahia defender set for knee surgery in France

Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars defender Philemon Otieno is set to travel to France for treatment. 

Otieno suffered a cruciate ligament injury during Stars' second leg of the Africa Nations Championship qualifier clash against Tanzania in Kasarani. 

This is a huge blow for the Kenya Premier League champions, who will miss his services for the next three months or so.

The club released a statement on his planned medicals, further wishing him a quick recovery. 

"Defender Philemon Otieno out of action for close to 3 months due to a knee injury (cruciate ligament) sustained during the Kenya-Tanzania CHAN match. Philemon is due to fly to France next week for surgery courtesy of Football Kenya Federation. We wish him a quick recovery. #Sirkal," read a statement on their Twitter account. 

Confirming the planned journey, the defender said he took the decision as a precautionary and thanked FKF for their willingness to foot the bill. 

"If all goes well I'll be leaving next week for the surgery. I need it because I didn't want to risk. It is an injury I sustained in the game against Tanzania (CHAN Qualifiers) in Kasarani," he said. 

"I want to thank FKF for doing this to me since they will cater for everything. I hope to come back stronger to help my club and the national team," Otieno added.

Meanwhile, the club's attention shifts to the CAF Champions League preliminary match when they host Burundian side Aigle Noir this weekend. 

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