Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - 08:45
The FIFA international break is upon us. As the nations around the continent prepare themselves for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, club’s such as Orlando Pirates are welcoming the break to focus on the recovery of some of their injured stars.
The Mighty Buccaneers, who have produced two back-to-back under par performances in the league recently, are looking to capitalise on the international break to regain their form and also focus on the recovery of players such as Gift Motupa, Thabo Rakhale and Siyabonga Mpontshane who are currently receiving treatment.
According to the medical team, Rakhale suffered a hamstring strain but fortunately for the Ghost, Orlandopiratesfc.com can confirm that “Jomo” as he is affectionately known is nearing full recovery and looks likely to be available for selection in the Absa Premiership match against his former employers Polokwane City.
As for goalkeeper Mpontshane, he is still receiving treatment for a knee injury he suffered in the MDC defeat to Maritzburg United last week. Mpontshane is expected to be out for about a week. Meanwhile, Motupa continues to receive treatment on his injured hamstring and will most likely miss the upcoming league encounter.
Players on the Mend
• Gladwin Shitolo: “Gladwin is currently undergoing rehab. He is currently three weeks post injury and an estimated three weeks to start training.”
• Nkosinathi Mthiyane: “Nkosinathi is currently two weeks post injury. Rehabilitation has been ongoing. He has started light jogging with the biokineticist. An estimated two weeks before return to play is expected.”