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Lucky Malata out for one month

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

IN THE THICK OF THINGS—Malata

Be Forward Wanderers defender, Lucky Malata, has been ruled out of action for four weeks after picking a meniscus injury on his right knee.

Malata limped off in the early minutes in Wanderers’ 5-0 thrashing of Mzuni in a TNM Super League match at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

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His teammate Mike Kaziputa, who also suffered an injury, has been ruled out for a week.

Wanderers Team Doctor, Samuel Matukuta, confirmed the development.

“We did the scan and Lucky suffered a meniscus tear and he needs at least three weeks to undergo physiotherapy and a week of light training. Mike suffered a soft tissue injury and needs a week to bounce back because it is a minor sprain,” he said.

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Last season, Malata was also haunted by an injury which kept him on and off.

According to wikipedia. org, a common injury in which forceful twisting causes certain tissue in the knee to tear.

“A meniscus tear occurs in the rubbery knee cartilage that cushions the shin bone from the thigh bone. The meniscus can tear with forceful twisting or rotation of the knee. Pain, swelling, stiffness and difficulty extending the knee are symptoms. Treatment includes rest, ice, pain relievers and physiotherapy. Less commonly, surgery may be required,” reads the article.

Meanwhile, Wanderers Coach, Bob Mpinganjira, has said the team has adequate replacements but it is unhealthy for the side to lose its best players.

“We have good players that can fill the void. However, in a team, you need all your best players to compete for a starting place. This is healthy because it brings competition which makes players deliver,” he said.

Malata was replaced by Bongani Kaipa as Wanderers humiliaty Mzuni, with defender Harry Nyirenda and striker Babatunde Adepoju scoring twice each while Zicco Mkanda was on target once.

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