Velaphi out for the rest of the season


Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper Tando Velaphi’s season has been cut short through an ankle injury.

The 30-year-old joined the Phoenix last month and was playing just his fourth game for the club when he injured the ankle against Newcastle Jets last weekend.

“It happened in the first half and after some treatment at halftime I thought it might be okay but unfortunately it wasn’t,” Velaphi said.

“I had an MRI scan and what it showed means I will miss the rest of the season which is disappointing.”

Velaphi, who has played for Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in the A-League, racking up 126 appearances, is keen to stay with the Phoenix.

“I am enjoying it here and once I’ve seen the specialist, I intend to do my rehab in Wellington,” he said.

“At least I will have the pre-season to get myself into good condition and you could say that is a good scenario in a bad situation.

“It will be up to me to work hard, be positive and put my mind to it.”