Silver Strikers attacking midfielder Jack Chiona faces another 12 weeks on the sidelines after a successful operation on his knee at Beit Cure in Blantyre.
Chiona, once touted as one of the brightest talents in domestic football, suffered a knee injury in August 2018.
Silver have announced on their website that the former Dwangwa United star is out for the rest of the season.
“The operation was a success and he has started healing quite well after he was operated on by orthopedic surgeons at Beit Cure who had earlier diagnosed him with a ruptured Ostocheochondral lesion.
“Despite showing good progress, Silver Team Doctor Chikondi Kaminga said Chiona would not return to the field of play this season as he has been given 12 weeks to recover fully,” reads a statement on the website.
Chiona joined Silver at the start of the 2018 season and helped the team to win the Airtel Top 8 Cup after beating Karonga United 1-0 the following year.
Silver Assistant Coach McDonald Mtetemera described the development as a setback.
“When any player gets injured, it is a setback to the whole team. We hope he recovers in time to help us win silverware,” Mtetemera said.
However, Silver will not have much to worry about as they have been boosted with the return of striker Foster Biton and midfielder Mphatso Zongololo.
The two have resumed training in preparation for the resumption of the TNM Super League.