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Marian Mario Marinica downplays injury worries

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Malawi National Football Team technical panel head Marian Mario Marinica has downplayed injury concerns in his camp.

There have reports of five players carrying injuries as Malawi prepares to face Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations last 16 tie in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Goalkeeper Charles Thom, who made his debut against Senegal on Tuesday, was seen limping after the match following an injury he picked towards the end.

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Others who picked injuries during the match are defender Denis Chembezi, attacking midfielder Yamikani Chester and striker Gabadinho Mhango.

Captain Limbikani Mzava was ruled out for the rest of the competition after picking an injury during the Guinea match while goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe did not feature against Senegal due to sickness.

However, Marinica said the players are making good progress towards recovery.

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“The injuries are not as bad as initially feared. These players are an important component of our squad and we are managing their injuries. So there is no cause for alarm as we still have some days for them to access further treatment. But there is no cause for alarm,” he said.

Marinica has since advised Malawians against high expectations from the Morocco match.

“We are up against an in-form team that has gone 30 games undefeated. Of course they might not have Sadio Mane or Naby Keita but they are a threat. About 80 percent of their players are based in Europe and they will not be easy to beat. But we will take them head on,” he said.

The Flames will fly to Yaounde today to continue with their preparations ahead of the match.

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