Nyasa Big Bullets and Flames defender John ‘Kintu’ Lanjesi has ruled himself out up to the end of the current season due to the leg injury he suffered while on national duty in June this year.
He said doctors have told him that the healing process is going to take much longer than he anticipated.
“I have been advised to rest for another four months and that means I could be out until the end of the current season.
“The doctor who is treating me has said there is slow progress in the healing process,” said Lanjesi yesterday.
However, Flames team doctor Levison Mwale said he was not aware that the player had been given an extra four months.
“I think the last time I dealt with him was when I took him to Beit Cure International [BCI] Hospital upon our return from the Cosafa Castle Cup in Namibia and the doctor diagnosed him of having suffered a stress fracture, meaning he had a small fracture on a fibula bone.
“So, what they recommended then [in June] was that he should rest for two months. Since then, I have not been in touch with him,” he said.
But Mwale said after that, what he heard was that Lanjesi took a personal initiative to seek further medical attention at Likuni Hospital “because he was offered a contract by South African club [Polokwane City], but it was on condition that he recovers quickly.”
He said: “I am reliably informed that as such, he was made to wear Plaster of Paris [PoP]. That’s all I know.”
However, Lanjesi yesterday claimed the advice was given at BCI.
Lanjesi suffered the injury during a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifier against Zimbabwe’s Warriors in Harare early June. He has not featured for his club since then.