PENANG: A freak accident has left the Northern Lions with strikeforce woes before the first-leg FA Cup semi-final showdown against Sarawak at the Stadium Utama tomorrow.
Zambian hitman Kelvin Musungu, who only recently received confirmation that he would not be dropped from the squad, is looking at an early exit again. He has suffered a knee injury in training.
The 19-year-old striker twisted his knee in a collision with a teammate on Monday.
''It is unfortunate, but my problems here seem to be never-ending,'' said Musungu in a telephone interview from Kangar yesterday. ''Just when I thought I had overcome one battle, I have been dealt yet another blow.”
''Now, I have to stay away from serious workout so as not to strain the injury.”
Musungu, who has been reduced to light workouts by the sidelines, however, is responding well to the ultrasound treatment he is getting and he is adamant about seeing action on Sunday.
''I am aware that much will depend on the green light from the doctors. But it's an important game for Perlis. I am prepared to take the field at whatever cost.
''I am still match fit and I am confident I can still deliver. That is what that's important,'' said the scorer of both goals in Perlis' come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Sarawak in their league meeting last month.