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Francis Mlimbika ruled out

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Be Forward Wanderers captain, Francis Mlimbika, is set to be out of action for several weeks after picking up an injury in Tuesday’s 7-0 victory over Songani Veterans at Kamuzu Stadium in the Presidential Cup.

Mlimbika, playing on the left wing, limped off 10 minutes after kick-off, and was not party to the goal-feast when the Nomads produced a stellar performance.

Wanderers’ Team Doctor, Levi Mwale, confirmed yesterday that Mlimbika suffered a groin injury. He is ruled out of Sunday’s league tie against Mafco FC at Kamuzu Stadium.

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“The groin injury affected the muscles. He needs to get some physiotherapy treatment. We are in the process of putting logistics in place for him to start getting the treatment. He will be assessed by the physiotherapist to check how he is responding to the treatment,” he said.

Mwale said normally the injury takes two weeks to heal, but Mlimbika’s time-frame on the injury table had not been determined yet.

“It depends on the extent of the injury. If it is not as serious as we thought, he could be back to fitness in a week. It all depends on the number of physiotherapy sessions he will undergo and the recommendation the physiotherapist will make,” he said.

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Mlimbika has been playing further up the pitch this season and he could be replaced by Isaac Kaliati this weekend, with Ted Sumani retaining the left-back position.

Meanwhile, Nomads’ coach Jack Chamangwana defended his decision to play a full-strength squad against the minnows.

“We were looking for a good performance and I am happy that the boys delivered. We will be making a few changes to give everybody a chance. It was not a matter of being under pressure, but we just had to play our best team,” he said.

The Nomads are on position six in the league with six points from four matches.

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