Zimbabwean Striker Set For Madrid

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Zimbabwean forward Nyasha Mushekwi is reported to be headed for Madrid for surgery which is going to be overseen by specialist Spanish doctors in a bid to try and find a  solution to the injury that has ruined his otherwise impressive debut season in the Chinese Super League.

The injury, which requires the Zimbabwean international to undergo very painful and complicated procedures where he is injected a cocktail of drugs just before matches to help him play for his team, has also kept him away from the Warriors throughout the year.

He was also not named in the squad released by coach Sunday Chidzambwa for the next AFCON qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia next month due to concerns over his health.

Mushekwi was again not included in his team Dalian Yifang’s squad for their last league match against Hebei CFFC last Saturday which they lost 2-3 after doctors recommended he needs to be rested because of the injury that has been stalking him all season. Colombian striker Duvier RIascos started in his place.

Mushekwi had played in the previous match  10 days ago, losing 3-0 well on the road to bottom club, but even then he did not last the entire game.

Dalian Yifang has been taking a huge gamble on Mushekwi because it needs his goals and also wanted him to go for the specialist surgery once the club’s battle against relegation had been won.

With only three matches to go, the club is on 32 points from 27 games, four points above relegation trouble in ninth place in the 16-team league.

Sources close to the footballer said Mushekwi is set to go to Madrid for his surgery, but that depended on hurdles related to the team’s struggle against relegation. According to The Herald, he is likely to be out of action for at least four weeks after the surgery.

“I’m good (taking it) just one day at a time,” he said. “Might be going for my surgery soon in Madrid. Will keep you posted.

“I’m in pain. Not playing the next game (which they lost last Saturday). They’re trying to see if there’s need for me to play anymore.

 

“I’m likely to be out for maybe four weeks after surgery,” he said.

Mushekwi’s absence from the Warriors, while playing for his club, has been a source of speculation on the domestic front with some even suggesting the forward had fallen out with the game’s leadership.

The striker was forced to provide a graphic video clip of the excruciating pain he endures, in a delicate procedure performed by the medical staff of Dalian Yifang just so he can feature for his Chinese Super League side in recent weeks. The video clip shows the Zimbabwe international forward lying naked on a bed while a doctor injects some drugs into his groin area to ease the pain. This is done to ensure he can at least run for the duration of a game.

In the video, Mushekwi is heard moaning from the severe pain inflicted by the fragile procedure, which has to be done with the help of an ultrasound scan monitor, to enable the physician to pick the exact spot where the drugs have to be injected.

He twists in pain as the needle is thrust into his groin area while the physician administers the drug into his body in what Mushekwi described as a painful routine he has to undergo on a regular basis.

“This is what I go through every week before my games to numb my pain so I can be able to play,” he revealed.

“I know people don’t understand but it hasn’t been easy.

“I know it’s not easy for people to understand but this is me going through this for the last 10 weeks now.

Mushekwi said it was rather unfortunate that he constantly has to do some fire-fighting all the time and explain his situation to try and make some people who keep either questioning his commitment to the Warriors or fuelling speculation of his alleged fallout with the game’s leaders understand his situation.

“I can’t keep trying to explain but my situation is a bit complicated . . . but I guess it is what it is,” he said.

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