Defender Halid Lwaliwa has returned to light training after missing Uganda Cranes opener against Rwanda at the 2020 African Nations Championship through a hamstring injury.
The development has been confirmed by head coach Johnathan McKinstry while speaking ahead of his side’s second group game against Togo on Friday, January 22.
“Halid (Lwaliwa) has been able to return to the training field,” McKinstry said before adding; “The doctors have done really a good job with him.”
“But the game against Togo comes too early for him to feature,” the Irishman added.
Lwaliwa is the Cranes captain at this year’s tournament but he missed out on Monday after sustaining a strain on his hamstring days before the game against Rwanda.
And in his absence, Mustafa Mujuzi and Paul Mbowa patterned at the heart of the Cranes defence and should continue against Togo on Friday.
Should McKinstry desire a change his two centre-backs, he has Police FC duo Eric Ssenjobe and Hassan Muhamood and KCCA FC’s Denis Iguma at his disposal.
Lwaliwa is joined by Vipers SC teammate Milton Karisa on the side-lines, the latter was brought off inside the opening 15 minutes of the Rwanda game with a thigh injury.
The pair are the only two injury issues in the Cranes camp and will both miss the game against Togo on Friday.
With all the other players fit and available for selection, Uganda Cranes will be looking for a win in order to boost their chances of finishing out of the group for the first in five attempts.
Togo is winless and bottom of Group C having lost 1-0 to Morocco and the Cranes are third after a goalless stalemate against Rwanda.