China-based Warriors striker Mushekwi set for pelvic surgery

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By Simba Mushati
Special to KweséESPN

China-based Zimbabwe international Nyasha Mushekwi is set to undergo surgery in Germany next month to rectify an ongoing pelvic injury.

The in-form 31-year-old had already been ruled of Zimbabwe’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers double-header against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) later this month.

Mushekwi’s case had started to stir some controversy after he continued to feature for Dalian Yifang in the Chinese top flight, despite reports that his absence from the Warriors was due to a niggling pelvic problem.

Warriors manager Wellington Mupandare has, however, clarified that the former Mamelodi Sundowns man’s injury is too complicated for the Zimbabwean doctors to manage, hence his absence.

“Mushekwi is out for the DRC matches because of the same injury which kept him out of the Congo game [in September],” Mupandare told KweséESPN.

“He has been featuring for his club, yes, but that is only because they can manage his condition there, something our doctors said they cannot do here.

“Yifang are currently short of strikers and they have decided to manage his injury until the end of the Chinese season in about six weeks time, after which Nyasha will go for an operation in Germany.”

Mushekwi, who has 12 goals in 16 appearances for Yifang this term, is having to undergo a complicated pain relief procedure before every match in China, Mupandare added.