The Uganda Cranes and Motherwell FC defender Bevis Mugabi will be out for about four to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder, his club has announced.
Mugabi, who has established himself as one of the main pillars in the Motherwell backline, suffered the injury on his return to training earlier this week.
“It is a blow to lose Bevis,” Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson told club media.
“He has played his way into the team and acquitted himself very well.
“He just seems to be unfortunate that when he gets a run of games, he suffers an injury,” Robinson added.
Mugabi was part of the just concluded training camp held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by the Uganda Cranes. He has also been a vital figure in the team’s set up since the 2019 Afcon finals in Egypt.
Therefore, the news of his long term injury could be bad music to the ears of many Ugandans. The defender is likely to miss the crucial double header against South Sudan in the 2022 Afcon qualifiers early next month.
The Cranes who top Group B with 4 points from two games, face pointless Bright Stars of South Sudan back to back in November aiming at securing maximum victory.
This would see Uganda realize the dream of qualifying for the most decorated tournament on the continent three times in a row.
After trying but in vain to qualify for the Afcon finals since 1978, the Cranes broke the barriers in 2017 and managed to replicate the success two years later.
Burkina Faso and Malawi are the other challengers in the group with four and three points respectively.