Kebba Ceesay faces 8 months out with ligament damage

Gambia’s international defender Kebba Ceesay could face eight months on the sidelines after Swedish doctors diagnosed ligament damage in the same knee he operated on in November last year, Observer Sports can report.

The doctors made the diagnosis this week and if confirmed, the Lech Poznan defender would require surgery which could take between six to eight months before he returns to the pitch. The 27-year-old former Djurgarden player has been hampered by injuries since his move from Sweden to Poland last year.

The Gambian suffered a serious ankle injury at the end of the previous campaign in a match against champions Legia Warsaw, and the broken ankle proved difficult to treat as Ceesay struggled with inflammation of the periosteum and had to play on painkillers for three games earlier this season, before he was then sidelined until October. 

He appeared composed during Lech Poznan’s win against Lechia Gdansk on his return but the good news lasted for only a month after he damaged his knee in a game against Cracovia in November 25th. The posterolateral complex injury of the medial meniscus requires surgery and the club doctors at the time said that the recovery time for this type of injury is estimated to be about five to six months. 

A few weeks ago, Lech Poznan reported that Ceesay’s rehabilitation has been very successful and Coach Mariusz Charger even suggested at the time that the player can help the team in the deciding games of the championship, but unfortunately, the defender ruled out such a possibility ahead last of month’s 3-0 win over Wisla Krakow. 

“There are new pains and [I’m] going to the hospital to check it out. Besides, I found that there is no sense at all to play [again] this season. I’m trying to get ready for the new season, theoretically it would be possible [to play again this season], but would involve high risks. And I already do not want to risk it. I want to be healthy,” Ceesay added at the time.

Kebba was involved in individually training but recently felt some discomfort in the same knee, when he decided to go for medical consultation in Sweden to pass a detailed study in his home country. The diagnosis turned out to be extremely painful and if confirmed, this might rule him out for the rest of the 2014/15 season.