Captain John Lanjesi suffered a knee injury on Sunday during our 3-0 TNM Super League home win against Mlatho Mponera at the Kamuzu Stadium.

The central defender was substituted in the 43rd minute and was replaced by Bashir Maunde. We can confirm that Lanjesi will be on the sidelines for up to six-to-eight weeks.

“An MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] scan revealed that Lanjesi has a damage to his anterior cruciate ligament on his right knee and is scheduled to start treatment on Friday, 12 July, at Beit Cure International Hospital,” team doctor Felix Mwalule confirmed.

“However, pending on his response to treatment the player can come back earlier than stated,” he explained further.

The injury comes after the Flames captain and 2018 defender of the season had only returned to action after staying out for almost six weeks following a hamstring injury he sustained during the Malawi national team training in May.

Meanwhile, Bullets, who are currently in Lilongwe ahead of this weekend’s Super League matches against Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday at Civo Stadium and Masters Security at Dedza Stadium on Sunday, are without Precious Sambani, who is down with flue, and Pilirani Zonda who is attending to his deceased grandmother’s burial in Karonga.

Coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who traveled with a 23-member squad for the two games, is also missing the services of MacPharlen Mgwira, Miracle Gabeya, Righteous Banda and Dalitso Sailesi due to injuries.

Pasuwa has however sought the services of Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve side’s Nickson Nyasulu for cover at the back. The wingback, who can also play in central defence, was impressive in Bullets’ 0-1 defeat to BE Forward Wanderers during the 6th July Malawi Independence Celebrations Match at Kamuzu Stadium.