"He will back, but for such injuries, it will depend on how motivated the player will be to come back and play without too much caution," says his coach.
CORONAVIRUS & SPORTS
KAMPALA - Pirates coach Bob Musinguzi has ruled out any move to rush full-back Haruna Muhammad back into action after his nine-month recovery period.
The 21-year-old underwent successful knee ligament surgery in March at UMC Victoria Hospital in Kampala and is not expected back on the rugby pitch at least for the rest of this year.
Muhammad's injury is common in rugby and football players.
"He will back, but for such injuries, it will depend on how motivated the player will be to come back and play without too much caution," said his coach.
"Haruna is a naturally gifted athlete and I think he will be lethal. But we are not going to rush him," added Musinguzi.
He said the club's medical team has drawn up a plan to closely monitor Muhammad's recovery process, as well as evaluate his progress and will him on.
Justin Kimono, Felix Lubega, Brian Odongo and Oscar Kalyango are the other players that underwent surgery and returned to action.
Meanwhile, all rugby activities were suspended last month in measures enforced to control the spread of the coronavirus in Uganda. The local rugby league is expected to resume in May once the lockdown is lifted.
Uganda Rugby Union vice-president in charge of technical affairs, Oscar Olaro, said they will resume business once government clears sporting activity to resume.
"I am sure we shall complete it [the league] because it had only four weeks remaining to end."
Olaro said the rugby hierarchy is thinking of a plan B in case the situation is not tamed soon. The alternative plan will be announced "at the right time" after approval by the executive.