SA giants Chiefs, Sundowns & Pirates hit by injury crisis

SA giants Chiefs, Sundowns & Pirates hit by injury crisis
Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 12:00

South African giants Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are all facing an injury crisis.

Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane is close to returning to full fitness after being cleared to start strengthening work with the strength and conditioning team.

His teammate Riyaad Norodien has finally been granted permission to remove his moon boot. But the midfielder will continue being monitored by the strength and conditioning department as he nears full fitness.

The Buccaneers, who are now under the guidance of former Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic, are scheduled to face Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership encounter on Tuesday.

A statement on the official Pirates website read: "Thamsanqa Sangweni (knee): Continuing with treatment on the injury he suffered in the opening league match of the season against Chippa United.

"Nkosinathi Mthiyane (knee): Sustained a knock during the friendly match last week. He is still experiencing some discomfort and is currently receiving treatment.

"Lehlohonolo Mtshali (groin): Discharged from physiotherapy and started training with team.

"Yusuf Maart (ankle): Suffered an ankle sprain in the MDC match against Amazulu at the weekend and was treated immediately. He will be assessed today (Monday) to determine the full extent of his injury."

Meanwhile, Chiefs have been boosted by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune's return to full training after recovering from a chest infection, while young striker Ryan Moon has also recovered from a knee injury.

However, five Amakhosi players are still out nursing injuries and they are expected to miss the team's Absa Premiership clash with Cape Town City on Wednesday.

A statement on the official Chiefs website read: "Sibusiso Khumalo has injured his knee ligament. Sbu got injured during training and is undergoing treatment. He will be sidelined for three weeks.

"Tsepo Masilela underwent surgery to remedy his ankle ligament. Tsepo is expected back for rehabilitation in three months’ time. Tsepo got injured during the 2-1 loss to SuperSport United a fortnight ago.

"Teenage Radebe is in a rehabilitation process. While still in a moon-boot to protect his ankle, Teenage is expected back in full training in eight weeks’ time.

"Ryan Moon has recovered from the knee injury. Moon was injured at the Bafana Bafana camp three weeks ago and is expected to resume full training this week.

"Itumeleng Khune has recovered from his chest infection. The skipper started full training last Friday and is raring to go.

"Emmanuel Letlotlo is progressing well after undergoing knee surgery in pre-season. Letlotlo will be monitored through the process of rehabilitation. Letlotlo is expected to return to training after four months.

"Ramahlwe Mphalehle returned from Bafana Bafana duty with a knee injury. Rama will undergo surgery on Monday and it’s expected that the full-back will be out of action for approximately to four months."

Lastly, Sundowns defender-cum-midfielder Muzikayise Mashaba has sustained a serious injury and he faces a long layoff as he recovers from an operation on a Torn Achilles.

The Brazilians, who are the 2016 CAF Champions League winners, were without some of their key players as they defeated Free State Stars 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match on Monday.

The Sundowns full injury list:

Khama Billiat (Hip Flexor)
Yannick Zakri (Groin)
Tiyani Mabunda (Groin)
Keletso Makgalwa (Groin)
Sibusiso Kumalo (Groin)
Kennedy Mweene (Hamstring)
Siyanda Zwane (Toe Blisters)
Muzikayise Mashaba (Torn Achilles

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