Essa advised one-month rest

KARACHI: Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has suffered a heavy blow ahead of their remaining Pakistan Premier Football League matches as their skipper Mohammad Essa has been advised one-month rest by his doctor due to a knee injury.

“Yes, I have been advised by my doctor to take one-month rest and I would not be able to appear in the rest of the matches of the Premier League,” Essa told ‘The News’ from Chaman on Thursday.

Essa injured his left knee during a nasty collision with a Habib Bank player during a Premier League match in the first round in Karachi a couple of months back.

But the former Pakistan captain continued to play in the league before he developed another serious injury to his right knee during a game against Muslim FC in Chaman. “After proper investigation I have been advised on November 20 not to train. Till yesterday, I could not even offer prayer while standing,” Essa said.

But the country’s finest playmaker was hopeful that his ouster would not dent his team’s chances of maintaining their top performance in the remaining matches of the league.

“The team will miss me but I am confident that their performance will not be affected much as our striker Mohammad Salam, who stayed away for a few matches due to his fractured hand, has returned and started training,” Essa revealed.

Essa said that he would still be accompanying the team and assist them in planning. “I still will be with the team and will help the management in planning and other things,” Essa said.

KESC are at the fifth place with 39 points from 19 games in the league. In the Karachi round, Essa did a great job by producing most of the goals for his side.

Essa was also injured in an attack by unknown men at his academy in Chaman recenlty. But he said that he had now recovered from those injuries.

From: The News