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Richard Mbulu calms injury fears

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Portugal-based striker Richard Mbulu Wednesday calmed fears over the severity of his right leg injury suffered in Malawi’s Flames friendly in Uganda earlier this month.

In an interview from Portugal yesterday, Mbulu said doctors had given him a clean bill of health over the achilles tendon strain.

“I went for a check up and the doctor says I can return to action,” said Mbulu who admitted being devastated by the death of compatriot Abel Mwakilama in the European country on Friday.

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A tendon is considered the most important structure in the lower leg as it stores energy needed for physical activity, including jumping and running. A tendon connects three muscles— the plantaris, calf, and soleus—to the heel bone.

Mbulu is on the books of Portuguese lower league side, Sanjoanense Sports Association, whereas the late Mwakilama was playing for Sporting Clube de Esmoriz.

Earlier, Mbulu’s Manager, Venancio Patrick, who was also managing the late Mwakilama, said he was concerned that the former Mafco striker had been sidelined by the injury.

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“The injury is serious and it might take time for Mbulu to play football. This has affected his club as it is desperate to field him. Mbulu got injured while playing for the national team, and it was the same case with Abel. He contracted malaria when he came for the under-20 national team. There is no malaria in Europe,” Patrick said in a telephone interview from his Mozambique base on Tuesday.

Issues of players getting injured while on national team duty attract debate the world over. Clubs take responsibility for minor injuries but national associations can also pay for injured players depending on the contract they sign and seriousness of an injury.

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