Nyasa Big Bullets will miss services of centre-back John Lanjesi in tomorrow’s Presidential Cup quarter-final against Kabwafu at Mzuzu Stadium.
Lanjesi suffered a calf injury during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe which Malawi lost 0-3.
He, however, proceded with the national team to Namibia for the Cosafa Castle Cup after a scan indicated he would heal within a week.
But after resuming training a week later, the leg started swelling and a scan taken in Namibia showed that the defender actually has a crack.
“He underwent a scan in Harare and the doctors there assured us that he would be okay within a week,” Flames team doctor Levi Mwale said.
“But the second scan done in Windhoek, Namibia, showed that he has a crack and needs more time to heal. He needs at least three weeks.”
Lanjesi said he was looking forward to returning to action after the injury break.
“I just have to give it some time to heal,” he said.
In the absence of Lanjesi, Big Bullets coach Franco Ndawa will have to rely on in-form Miracle Gabeya, who also replaced the former Civo United defender at the Cosafa Cup.
Gabeya fitted in well in place of Lanjesi and scored the Flames winning goal against Mauritius and was named man-of-the-match in that game.
Meanwhile, Bullets team manager Rahim Ishmael said they are not underrating Kabwafu arguing that if the Mzimba-based former Super League outfit made it to the quarter-final, they are a force to reckon with.
After the Presidential Cup fixture, Bullets wrap the Northern Region tour with a Super League fixture against Karonga United at the same venue.
In other league fixtures, Be Forward Wanderers host Red Lions at Kamuzu Stadium while Silver Strikers and Moyale Barracks clash at Silver Stadium tomorrow.
Blue Eagles entertain Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC at Nankhaka while Mafco host Kamuzu Barracks at Chitowe Stadium.
On Sunday, Epac FC will be at home against Moyale Barracks while Azam Tigers and Wizards clash at Kamuzu Stadium. Dwangwa United will host Mzuni at Chitowe Stadium. n