Tafadzwa Kutinyu has been ruled out of the 2019 Afcon after suffering a muscle strain.

The midfielder underwent a scan yesterday which showed that he would not recover in time to play in the tournament.

Kutinyu, who recently completed a move to Guinean giants AC Horoya, has been used as a cover for the regular midfielders in recent matches.

“It’s sad that we have to announce that Kutinyu will not be able to play at the tournament because of an injury he suffered recently in one of the games we played coming here,’’ team manager Wellington Mpandare confirmed to The Herald.

“It’s a shame because he is such a nice person and had earned his place in the team with some fine performances every time he has played for the team.

“The coaches will now have to decide who comes in as a replacement because we are allowed to do that.”

The lanky midfielder has not trained with the Warriors in the last two days.