Orban a Major doubt for Gent’s Conference League opener


KAA Gent manager, Hein Vanhaezebrouck has revealed that Gift Orban may not be available for their UEFA Europa Conference League opener against Zorya Luhansk in Poland tonight.

It comes as a blow for Orban who missed the chance to make his Super Eagles debut against São Tomé and Príncipe earlier this month, and on his return to Gent for their league match against Oud-Heverlee Leuven last Sunday, he was subbed off midway through the second half due to another injury.


Despite the uncertainty surrounding his availability, Orban was still included in Gent’s 21-man squad that traveled to Lubin on Tuesday.

During the pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Vanhaezebrouck provided an update on Orban’s current fitness status.

Vanhaezebrouck revealed, “Gift took a big hit on Sunday in Leuven, just outside the box. That violation was not even punished with a foul.

“Gift was able to continue playing after treatment, but his ankle was considerably swollen afterwards.

“The swelling has now gone down a bit, but the pain is still there. Gift will train a bit separately today but it doesn’t look too rosy for tomorrow (Thursday).”


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