The injury is not so bad – Gift Links


After finishing third in the 2019/20 Suparliga log standings AGF Aarhus qualified for the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.

The Danish side was drawn against Romanian side FC Honka in the first qualification round beating them 5-2 to advance to the second round where they were drawn against Slovenian side FC Mura.

Links started the game on the right of attack for Aarhus, but had to be taken off in the first half of the game due to a knee injury.

The former Cape Town City winger has given an update about the extent of the injury he sustained last week.

Links was forced off just 30 minutes into the encounter at the Fazanerija Stadium as things went from bad to worse for the Danish club who lost 3-0 on the day and are now knocked out of the competition.

Links is expecting to be back in action this coming weekend after missing out on Aarhus’s draw with Randers FC in match day two of the Supaliga on Sunday. “The injury is not so bad I expect to be back in the squad on Sunday as we take on Odense BK at home,” said Links.

“I just got a minor knock on the knee and initially the pain was unbearable, but I feel much better than I felt yesterday so I should be good for the next game in the league.”

Since making his move from the South African Premier League just over a year ago Links has fought his way into coach David Jean Nielsen’s starting line up. Last season the 21-year-old made 20 league appearances scoring one goal in the leagues as Aarhus finished third in the Danish top flight.

Already this season he has started two games laying an assist in their opening day 4-2 victory against Vejle BK.

Since making his senior debut back in 2017 for Platinum Stars Links has clocked almost 70 career appearances from playing for Platinum Stars in South Africa to shining in the Egyptian Premier League for Al Assiouty and a return to South Africa to join Cape Town City where he played 35 league games in the 2018/19 season. The attacker then returned abroad last season joining Aarhus as their record club signing.

At national team level he made his debut under coach Stuart Baxter back in 2018 playing in the COSAFA cup before earning three more Bafana Bafana caps in last year’s edition of the same tournament.

By Prince Sobayeni

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