Senegal vs. Uganda
Uganda Cranes team doctor Ronald Kisolo has downplayed defender Andy Mwesigwa’s injury he sustained during a league match in the Kazakhstan Premier League last weekend.
The Cranes skipper reportedly twisted his ankle in his team FC Ordabasy’s 3-1 loss to FC Astana, but managed to play until the end of the match.
Although the defender said he will first carry out a scan to be sure of the extent of the injury, Cranes doctor Kisolo has said ankle injuries heal quickly depending on how it is handled and therefore there should be no worry.
The Cranes are preparing for a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Teranga Lions of Senegal on September 7th to be played in the neutral ground of Marakkech in Morocco.
Mwesigwa also picked a muscle injury during the Cranes’ 3-0 loss to Egypt in an international friendly in El Gouna and only lasted 45 minutes.
He is part of a 30-man squad summoned by coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic ahead of the Senegal match.
“We still have about two weeks to the game against Senegal and I am sure Mwesigwa will be in shape then to play that game. We had striker Emmanuel Okwi with an ankle injury before the Angola game in June, but we handled it well and he was man of the match after scoring one of the goals,” Dr Kisolo said at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, this morning.
The doctor also explained that since the ankle injury is not one of those injuries Mwesigwa has suffered before, it will heal quickly.
Information about the skipper’s injury had worried several football-loving Ugandans, who heard of the news on Sunday.
The extent of Mwesigwa’s injury will be known later today (Monday). “I’m going for a scan on Monday (today) to know how serious it is,” the defender told us when contacted.
My prayer is it is not so serious as to rule me out of the Senegal game. I’m putting ice pads now till Monday then go see to the specialist and see,” he added.
In the absence of Mwesigwa, if he failed to pass the fitness test, the Cranes technical bench could rely on local based defenders Richard Kasagga, Savio Kabugo, Denis Iguma, Hassan Wasswa and St George’s Isaac Isinde, together with US-based Henry Kalungi.
A sprained ankle takes about one to six weeks to heal depending on its severity.
Eighteen local based Cranes players started training at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, on Monday morning under Micho’s tutelage and will be having double sessions until Thursday when they fly to Botswana for an International friendly on Saturday.