Fiji Sevens captain Malione Nasoko is the latest Fijian player to suffer an injury and is in a race against time to be fit in time for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens next month.
The 28 year old picked up a calf injury at the Vancouver Sevens and head coach Gareth Baber revealed it might take three weeks for Nasoko to recover.
Baber however can only hope that the capitan will recover in time and be available for selection for the Hong Kong Sevens, which is the closest to Fijian hearts in terms of importance.
“We picked up a few [injuries] unfortunately, Kali (Nasoko) had a recurrence of the cartilage issue on his knee that got blown up so we’ll have a look at it this week,” said Baber.
“It’s too early to say. He’s got a niggling calf cartilage issue on his knee, which isthe one he did prior to the Dubai and South Africa as well and so he’s going to have it attended to and hopefully have a scan.”
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Nasoko is the latest player to land on the team’s injury list. Waisea Nacuqu has been ruled out of the HSBC World Sevens Series after he suffered a fractured collar bone. Vilimoni Botitu has neck pains and star Jerry Tuwai has an aggravated ankle.
Newboys Isoa Tabu and Asaeli Tuivoka have impressed but Baker will he is hoping he can call on his injured veterans. Fiji have been drawn in the pool of death against New Zealand, Australia and Kenya in pool C of the Hong Kong Sevens.
Fiji are third on 101 points in the world standings after six tournaments behind leaders USA (113) and second placed New Zealand (106). Fiji have to put in a strong performance in the Hong Kong sevens if they are to remain in the top four.
Hong Kong Sevens kicks off on April 5th and ends on April 7th.