Innocent Kurira in BULAWAYO
HIGHLANDERS have been hit by another injury headache after speedy winger Gabriel Nyoni suffered a concussion in the 1-0 win over Mutare City at Barbourfields on Tuesday. Nyoni, who has been in sparkling form this season under coach Madinda Ndlovu, becomes the latest addition to Bosso’s injury list, which already has forwards Godfrey Makaruse and Newman Sianchali, midfielders Nigel Makumbe and Adrian Silla, right-back Bukhosi Ncube and centre-back Tendai Ndlovu.
He suffered a head injury in the 82nd minute of Tuesday’s game after colliding with a Mutare City player.
Although Nyoni finished the game, he was stretchered off the field after full-time when he collapsed.
Bosso team doctor, Shepherd Khumalo, said they could not give a timeline on when Nyoni could return to action.
“Nyoni suffered a mild traumatic pain injury that rules him out of the next game. At the moment he is complaining of a slight headache, his recovery depends on his recovery system and willingness to get back on the field,” said Khumalo.
“Makaruse also suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday. We have given him four days of total rest because this has been a recurring injury, so he is also out for Sunday.
“A number of players could be back for the weekend game, but they are due to pass late fitness tests.
“Makumbe, who had an ankle injury and Tendai Ndlovu, who was having problems with his groin, have to pass late fitness tests to be in contention for Sunday’s home game against ZPC Kariba.
“Silla could also feature on Sunday if he fully recovers from his rib injury.”
The return of Makumbe and Silla would be a huge boost for Bosso, as they were missed in the defeat by Ngezi Platinum.
Bosso will also welcome back Peter Muduhwa, who missed the game against Mutare City, due to suspension.
Coach Ndlovu expressed concern at the rate his charges were getting injured.
“We have been hit hard by these injuries. I am not very sure of the cause of the injuries. Our training methods are not as tight or hard enough to warrant these injuries.
“Maybe the games are too congested and the recovery time is not enough.
“We still stand guided by our medical team on what the major cause of the injuries is,” said Ndlovu.