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Owira ruled out:Shujaa forward set for six-month layoff with leg injury.

Kenya Sevens forward Arthur Owira will miss the reminder of the season after breaking his leg during the Commonwealth Games over the weekend in Gold Coast, Australia.

Owira broke his femur in the match against Zambia and is set to miss the Singapore later this month, Paris and London Sevens in June as well as the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Fransisco, USA in July.

Owira was in his first season with the Shujaa after impressive displays for KCB during the national sevens circuit last season with his physicality and defensive qualities.

Head coach Innocent Simiyu said Owira's injury is a big blow following his credible performances coming off the bench but was confident the player will have a speedy recovery with his projected return set for October/November.

'He is been one of our dependable guys off the bench and it's sad that injuries happen but he is in high spirits. We visited him in hospital and he has vowed to come back even better,' said Simiyu.

Simiyu said that Collins Injera, vice captain Sammy Oliech and Willy Ambaka have recovered from minor injuries sustained at the Club Games and should be good to go.

Injera had a right tricep injury, Oliech had a concussion in their match against New Zealand while Willy Ambaka sustained a knock. Simiyu said the injuries were not too serious in nature and expected the players to be ready for the Singapore Sevens later this month. 'The injuries were unfortunate especially in the match against New Zealand but we have adequate time to assess the injured players and if there is a possibility of bringing reinforcements from home,' added Simiyu.

Kenya finished eighth at the Commonwealth Games after posting two wins out of three in the preliminary matches to drop to the classification matches. Kenya beat Canada 26-10 and Zambia 47-0 but suffered a 40-7 defeat to eventual gold medallists New Zealand. In the classification matches Kenya lost to Australia 33-5 and Wales 28-24.

Simiyu observe that there is adequate time to rest and recover ahead of Singapore. 'The boys will be well rested and refreshed for Singapore and we will be looking at continuing our good form on the circuit and at the same time pick up valuable lessons from the Commonwealth Games,' added Simiyu.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
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Date:Apr 17, 2018
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