Davids ruled out for rest of season

2010-03-19 00:00

MARITZBURG United have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their crucial Telkom Knockout clash against AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban tomorrow afternoon.

Skipper Fadlu Davids, who is United’s leading goalscorer with seven strikes, has been ruled out of the season owing to an ankle injury and meningitis.

Davids was hospitalised on Monday after it was detected that he had viral meningitis, a potentially serious disease that causes inflammation of the brain.

He suffered the ankle injury during United’s last league game where they lost 1-0 to Santos at Harry Gwala Stadium last Saturday.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday shortly after being discharged from hospital, Davids could not hide his disappointment.

“Naturally I am disappointed that I won’t be able to take any further part in the games we have this season, but on the other hand I guess it’s good that I will have ample time to recover. This ankle has been troubling me for so long. I might have an operation some time next week.”

He added that he had been looking forward to putting one over the Durban side again after he made history by becoming the first player to score a goal at the new Moses Mabhida Stadium against the self- same AmaZulu on November 29 2009.

The Team of Choice ran out 1-0 winners in that tie.

“I believe the guys will do well because we are not a one-man team,” Davids said modestly.

The latest developments in the United camp will be understandably met with disappointment considering that the Cape Town-born marksman seems to have a renewed hunger for scoring goals since Ernst Middendorp came on board.

The German tactician should, however, be able to come up with plan B to outfox the fired-up Usuthu, who blasted league champions SuperSport United 3-0 in their last game of the current campaign.

United brand manager Younis Kadodia said they are confident of going through to the next round of the Cup at their opponents’ expense.

“We have other equally good players to step up like Bryce Aka, Collins Zimba, and our wingers, Rudolf Bester and Felix Obada, pose a threat charging forward. The fact that we have beaten AmaZulu four times in a row gives us more confidence,” said Kadodia.

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