Warriors midfielder Raphael Kutinyu has been ruled out of this weekend’s Chan qualifier final round, second leg away in Lesotho due to injury.
Kutinyu sustained a knee injury in the first leg in which the Warriors won 3-1 at Barbourfields Stadium last Sunday.
Prior to that first leg, the lanky Chicken Inn midfielder was doubtful but passed a late fitness test.
But this time around he will not travel to Maseru for the return fixture as Callisto Pasuwa’s men are on the brink of a fourth successive appearance at Chan finals.
“Kutinyu will not be travelling to Lesotho because of injury. Remember he was racing against fitness for the first leg but unfortunately the injury was aggravated during the match,” Pasuwa said.
“He is an important prayer but we will not cry much and I believe other guys will do duty in his absence. We are facing a crucial game and we are leaving no stone unturned in making sure we win. It is not over as yet but we have to consolidate our lead.”
The Warriors are expected to leave for Lesotho on Friday morning with defender Teenage Hadebe, Blessing Moyo and Captain Danny Phiri subject to late fitness tests.
Meanwhile the Caps United duo of Hardlife Zvirekwi and Justice Jangano have been pardoned by Pasuwa and are training with the team after missing the first leg over disciplinary reasons after reporting for camp late.