Rwanda’s Amavubi team will have to wait a bit longer to secure the services of Rwandan-French born striker Kevin Monnet Paquet after being rule out for six months with a knee injury.
French ligue 1 side St. Etienne confirmed the development on Monday after Monnet Paquet had undergone a scan following Sunday’s match against PSG in which they lost 1-0.
The club reported that Monnet Paquet suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee, hence ending his season.
The unavailability of the player, aged 30 and who will be operated in the coming days, is estimated at least six months.
“Important element for AS Saint-Etienne, Kevin Monnet-Pack will be unavailable until the end of the season. The attacking midfielder suffered from a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee. His season is over,” the club said on Twitter on Monday night.
Monnet Paquet who recently expressed his desire to play for Rwanda had played 23 of the 25 games for the Greens in Ligue 1 this season.
The striker was born in Bourgoin-Jallieu, south-eastern France to a French father and mother of Rwandan decent. He came to Rwanda then left for Togo before his parents relocated to France.
Despite being out of the 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign, Monnet-Paquet will play a pivotal role for Rwanda when they begin the 2021 AFCON Qualifying campaign in 2020.
Rwanda who currently sit bottom of Group H with only two points after playing five match days of the 2019 AFCON Qualification campaign, takes on Cote d’Ivoire away in the final qualification match in March.