Silver Strikers talisman defender Panganeni Ndolvi has been ruled out for six months following an operation on his torn anterior cruciate ligament meniscus.
The defender on Tuesday underwent a successful two-hour operation at Beit Cure International Hospital in the commercial city of Malawi Blantyre.
“Panganeni has undergone surgery and is likely to be out for up to six months,” a doctor at Beit Cure told Nyasa Times.
The Malawi national eam upcoming central back has been out of action since November 21 last year after he sustained the injury during a Standard Bank Cup second leg against Civo United at Silver Stadium.
“I am now feeling better than before the operation. I will be out of action for a period of six months meaning l will bounce back in the second round of the league. This is a sad development because l missed the whole second round last season,” said the former Big Bullets cool-calm defender.
The player is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
“They will discharge me tomorrow and l will be using crunches. But lam optimistic that this injury will not affect my performance and with God anything is possible,” he said.
Silver Strikers assistant coach Hellings Mwakasungula described Ndolvi’s injury as a big blow to the Bankers and wished him a quick recovery.
“Panganeni is one of our instrumental defenders and losing him for a period of six months is a big blow to us. Last season we had difficulties with our defence and we hope after his recovery everything will be back to normal,” said Mwakasungula.
Ndolvi has joined Civo United left back, Emmanuel ‘Siyeni’ Zoya, who has been given six months off the field due to his knee injury.
Zoya told Nyasa Times that, “Iam expecting to start training in May. This injury has affected me a lot because it is the place l got injured way back.”
In a related development, Mwakasungula revealed that their left midfielder Blessings Tembo, who dislocated his leg, has now started training with the team.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :