AFC Leopards midfielder Collins Sichenje will need about six weeks to recuperate and get back to his usual self after successfully undergoing a surgical procedure to his right knee, the club has confirmed.
The news now means that the former Green Commandos player, who has become an integral part of coach Anthony Kimani’s rotation since joining the club in 2019, could miss the start of the upcoming 2020/21 season that is expected to kickoff later on this month.
The lanky player, who can also deputize in defence, went under the knife on Sunday 4 October to repair his right inguinal hernia after he had complained of discomfort for a prolonged period with an abdominal ultrasound revealing the problem.
Though Sichenje’s unavailability is a blow to the 12 time Kenyan champions, it is not all doom and gloom as Ingwe have been boosted by the return to full fitness of midfielder Marvin Nabwire.
Nabwire has not been able to get into rhythm since suffering a nasty injury to his knee in 2018 and has been in and out of the team since then.
The break, triggered by the Covid 19 pandemic, has however given the former Nairobi City Stars player ample time to recover.
“Nabwire is back on his feet again and we are looking forward to see him compete for playing time in the midfield. It was unfortunate that we lost him in February; months after recovering from a career-threatening injury but the medics have cleared him. We hope he will not suffer another setback in the new season and he will rediscover his form as well as inject competition in the midfield,” Leopards club chairman Dan Shikanda is quoted as saying in the Star newspaper regarding Nabwire’s potential return.