The world of football might be a bad thing for players who were actively involved in the game but that isn’t the same story for those that had missed action with injuries.
For National Super League leaders Nairobi City Stars, they had missed the services of defensive midfielder Charles Otieno, strikers Jimmy Bageya, Vincent Otieno, defenders Wycliffe Otieno and Edwin Buliba.
Giving an update on Charles injury, the team trainer Grace Wang’ondu said: “Chale may not be fully fit on time as his case is about managing the injury and pain. With strengthened muscles around the injury, he may get to a point where he can play with rehab and physio”.
Bageya was left with medial meniscus on his right knee in their game against AP Bomet at the Green Stadium on Sunday 8 March. He would have only returned, if all went well, after three to four weeks.
Teenage striker Vincent had been part and parcel of games 2 to 25 between September 2019 to early February but an acute knee injury during a friendly game in early February saw him off the squad for a month. He was to start normal training in readiness for league games.
Buliba suffered patella tendonitis and IT band syndrome on his left knee during a crucial game against Nairobi Stima. He did not complete the match and has been undergoing physio sessions since then.
Defender Wycliffe, a regular starter since matchday 6 back in September 2019 has been playing while on rehab to mild-Achilles tendon pain. Chances are he would have missed some games to fully recover.
According to the club on their website, other players in keeper Levis Opiyo and striker Ezekiel Odera are expected to fully recover from minor concerns suffered from recent games; patella tendonitis and mild Achilles, respectively.