Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saka out for six weeks

Enyimba attacking midfielder, Ayo Saka will watch from the sidelines for the next six weeks after suffering a recurrence of an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Saka, 20, aggravated his ligament during training on Thursday in preparation for Sunday’s Matchday 16 Premier League clash with new boys, Rising Stars at the Enyimba Sports Stadium in Aba.

The former Under23 midfielder limped off after the cruciate ligament of his left leg suddenly snapped in Thursday’s training and the club physio, Ferdinand Ajere, described the injury as serious.

Ajere told the official website of Enyimba that the playmaker now faces three weeks in cast before his rehabilitation.

“Right now a cast has been applied to the leg and he would have to keep it on for three weeks, after which we would remove it and appraise the rate of recovery.

“If the leg is healed enough, he would then begin rehabilitation and slowly return to training. But we don't want to take any chances so he won't be making a quick return to action, so as not to aggravate things any further," Ajere said.

Saka will miss Sunday’s game against Rising Stars as he becomes the fourth high-profile Enyimba player to be injured after Josiah Maduabuchi, Otekpa Eneji and John Nnam.

The injury is a setback for Saka, who was eyeing a return to action after suffering a tear on his anterior cruciate ligament.

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