Warriors winger Khama Billiat is expected to be fully fit for the 2019 Afcon opener against host nation Egypt this Friday, according to team doctor Somani Mudariki.
Billiat has missed training since last Friday and didn’t feature in the practice match against Tanzania on Sunday after sustaining a knee injury.
In an interview with the Herald, Doctor Mudariki has allayed fears that the player could miss the game against the Pharaohs and thinks he might start training today.
“Khama should be okay this week because what we did was just a precaution when he indicated to me that he had some pain in his knee from an injury he picked at the COSAFA Cup,” said Mudariki.
“He played on after picking that slight injury and even went to Nigeria and played, and that’s when he indicated that he was concerned with the pain he was getting in his knee.
“It’s the pain that was caused by fibula head contusion, and we decided not to take any risks given the importance of the tournament and the games that are coming, and that is why we arranged that he should get as much rest as possible, but he should be okay.’’
The doctor also revealed that the medical team is also monitoring goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s practice match and midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu whose leg was in a strap yesterday after suffering a knee injury.
“We will have to keep monitoring Chipezeze because there are procedures that we have to follow, but the important thing is that he never lost consciousness after the clash.
“We are also monitoring Kutinyu and waiting for the scans,” added Mudariki.