After going under the knife in August, Bafana Bafana midfielder Lebogang Phiri has begun the process of rehabilitating his knee in France.
The former Brondby midfielder has started with basic exercises like running on the treadmill, straightening the knee and doing walkabouts as he fights to beat the 6 months period set out by doctors when they analysed the extent of his injury.
Phiri looked set to make a move away from French Ligue 2 side EA Guingamp when he was hit with a knee injury in training.
A big blow for the player who had interest from Ligue 1, Spain and Turkey and there seemed to be a big possibility for him to move.
The 25-year-old has been a regular at Guingamp since his arrival from Danish Superliga side Brondby in 2017.
In his first season in France, he played 22 games for Guingamp before following that up with 24 league games in the 2018/19 season. The 2019/20 season was probably his most memorable having played 25 league games, scoring a goal and assisting three more goals.
It was Phiri’s solitary goal that gave Bafana Bafana the victory against Sudan at Orlando Stadium last year November, coincidentally that is the last time the national team was in action with the March international break cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic that hit the world by storm.
Phiri will now be focussed on his full recovery and get back to try to help Guingamp get back into France’s elite league next season.
He is expected to be back in action at the beginning of 2021, but with modern-day physiotherapy and sports science players have often returned sooner than expected.
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By Prince Sobayeni