Championship league leaders Menengai Oilers have been dealt a major blow after it emerged that forward Javan Ate will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
The dependable forward sustained the injury at the Prinsloo 7s in September this year,and the club’s coach Gibson Weru confirmed that he is set to undergo surgery on his knee in January 2018 and it may take upto 9 months for him to be fit.
“He is set to have a surgery in January and it might take him nine months to recover depending on how his body health is. So he is out for the rest of the season,”Weru told Scrummage.
Weru reckoned that he is one of the team’s most skillful forward but further admitted that they must be prepared to do without him for the rest of the 2017/18 Championship campaign.
“He is one my intelligent forwards. It is a big blow me. He is a player who will go far whenever he is healthy but unfortunately he has an injury setback,”he added.
Oilers are currently on top of the KRU Championship,having stretched their unbeaten run in 15s rugby to 24 matches.