Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has confirmed Milton Karisa will miss the game against Togo on Friday with a thigh strain.
The forward was stretchered off in the opening 15 minutes of Uganda’s opening match in Group C of the 2020 CHAN against Rwanda on Monday.
Karisa went down holding his thigh after attempting a shot on goal, forcing McKinstry into an early substitution with Brian Aheebwa replacing him.
And McKinstry has confirmed that Karisa will not take part in Friday’s game, also admitting that he remains unaware of how long the forward could be out for.
“Karisa had to come off in the first 15 minutes of the first game (against Rwanda) with a thigh strain and will miss our next game,” McKinstry confirmed.
“Ultimately that moment was very frustrating for everybody because Karisa has done well over the last few weeks.”
“He finished the UPL strongly, scoring a couple of goals and carried that form on to the Pre-CHAN mini-tournament.”
“It’s unfortunate that we won’t be with him for now but we are letting the doctors do their work and see how we are able to get him back and what condition that can be.”
“Let’s see how he progresses in the next few days and that will give us a clear picture about the timeline in association with the doctors,” McKinstry added.
Following his impressive performance at the Pre-CHAN mini tournament where he scored twice in three games, the 25-year-old started upfront against Rwanda ahead of Aheebwa, Muhammad Shaban and Ben Ocen.
He will therefore be missed but McKinstry has got plenty of options at his disposal in the above-mentioned names heading into the game against Togo.
Uganda are third in Group C with a point and the game against the West Africa side on January 22 is a must win for the Cranes in order to improve their chances of going past the group stages for the first time in the tournament’s history.
As Uganda drew 0-0 with Rwanda, Togo lost 1-0 to Morocco in their first game, a clear indication that they will also be looking to gather maximum points to keep hopes of getting out of the group. Rwanda will play Morocco in the other Group C game on Friday.