Menengai Oilers forward Javan Ateh had an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery on Friday 21 September 2018.
The player last played for Oilers in the 2017 Prinsloo 7s where he tore his right knee ACL and was operated on. He was expected to make his long awaited return in the just concluded 7s Circuit but suffered a setback after picking a left knee injury.
Oilers head coach Gibson Weru confirmed that the player had the surgery which was necessary as prescribed by the team’s medics.
” Javan suffered a knee injury and the medical team felt surgery was the best way help him recover well. The injury he has normaly takes six to nine months but it will depend on the player’s response,” Weru told Scrummage.
Ateh’s absence is a blow to Oilers who are without the services of Sam Muregi as well as Dan Abounji as they continue with the top tier preparations.
ACL sprain or tears are common in athletes who participate in high demand sports. It comes as a result of changing direction rapidly, stopping suddenly, slowing down while running, landing from a jump incorrectly or direct contact or collision.