Malawi netball team star Joyce Mvula has been given six weeks to recover from a knee injury she sustained last weekend as her English club Manchester Thunder beat Wasps 57-52.
The Malawian goal shooter inspired her club to win in the last game of the Vitality Netball Superleague.
In an interview yesterday after undergoing a scan, the 24-year-old assured the nation that she would be fit for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England this July.
Mvula said she will not come home for Queens’ camping and she would join the squad once the team arrives in England.
“I have been advised to remain here in England and recuperate. The fear is that I would aggravate my injury if I get home now, as I need state-of-the-art medical equipment to make a quick and proper recovery,” she said.
Mvula limped off the court in the final quarter of the match and there was concern in the Malawi netball family that her injury could be a big blow to Queens’ campaign at the World Cup as the national team will also miss the services of lofty shooter Australia-based Mwawi Kumwenda, who is recuperating from an injury.
Queens coach Griffin Saenda said he is keeping his fingers crossed over Mvula’s availability for the World Cup.
Despite the injury, Mvula helped Thunder win the superleague title for the first time in five years and was named the league’s player of the season.
This was the third season that Mvula has been playing for Thunder. Last year, she won two awards at the club, including Players’ Player of the Year.