Cape Town - Zambia
international and Golden Arrows midfielder Danny Phiri faces up to
eight months on the sidelines for both club and country after picking up
an Achilles injury with Abafana Bes'thende.
The 28-year-old, who featured in 24 Premiership games in his first
season in Durban in 2016/17, has reportedly already undergone surgery in
an attempt to fix the problem, and will likely begin his period of
Arrows coach Clinton Larsen said, "He has suffered an Achilles tendon
(injury). It happened in training. He was just about to run and take
off and he pulled his Achilles tendon.
"These things happen. It’s part of the game. Normally, it could be
six to eight months (out). It just depends on the player, depends on the
recovery, depends on how the operation is done.
"So, we’ll just wait and see in the second half of the season whether he’ll be back or not."
The player was sent off in his team's MTN8 opening game to Bidvest
Wits and was then suspended for the following two matches against Ajax
Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic. It appears there is a good chance he
may not feature again in 2017/18 for Larsen's men.
Meanwhile Arrows ran out 3-1 victors over Wits in a PSL clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday.