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Valour Captain Raphael Ohin ‘Very Close’ To Return

By on April 19, 2024 0 611 Views

Give or take a day or two, and it’s been an entire year since Raphael Ohin was healthy enough to feature for Valour FC.

The 28-year-old has endured an immensely difficult injury spell – or two, really – that had left his playing career uncertain when the calendar flipped to 2024. After plenty of perseverance, the Ghanian midfielder saw Valour not only re-sign the club original, but elevate his position to that of captain.

The fairytale moment of Ohin’s return to the pitch saw its first bump in the road last weekend, with the 28-year-old ruled out of the matchday lineup after picking up a knock. His team went on to suffer a 4-1 away defeat to Vancouver FC.

Valour FC Raphael Ohin Goal
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Thankfully, this will be a much shorter stint on the sideline than previous: Philip Dos Santos has overseen Ohin’s return to full contact training, telling Ed Tait that the midfielder’s return is ‘very close’.

Given that ‘The Rhino’ has played just two matches in just as many years, that’s undoubtedly great news. His last season was cut short just two games in with an injury against the TSS Rovers almost exactly one year ago, and the season prior never got started with Ohin suffering an ACL tear in before the season opener.

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Raphael’s next appearance will mark his 60th all-time for Valour, and his third in just as many years. Despite his prolonged injury spells, he still leads the club’s active roster in appearances.

Also absent last match was Valour defender Tass Mourdoukoutas, whom Phil Dos Santos says will play a key role in the club’s season. His knee injury will sideline him a little longer still, however.

The Winnipeg-based club will look to grab its first points of the season in Trident Territory later on tonight, taking on Pacific FC at 7:00PM PST / 9:00PM GMT.

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