Tau unavailable for Guinea and France friendlies

Tau unavailable for Guinea and France friendlies
Al Ahly's Percy Tau (L) in action against Al-Merrikh's Edjomariegwe Tony (R) during the CAF Champions League group A soccer match between Al Ahly SC and Al-Merrikh SC in Cairo, Egypt, 18 March 2022. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by Helder Ribiero

Monday Mar 21, 2022. 16:00

Al Ahly winger Percy Tau has been ruled out of South Africa’s upcoming friendlies against Guinea and France due to a knee injury he sustained on Friday.

The 27-year-old was replaced at half-time during the Red Eagles’ 3-1 win over Al-Merrikh in the CAF Champions League after taking a knock to his knee.

Tau subsequently withdrew from Hugo Broos’ squad and the Belgian tactician has expressed concern about the player’s ongoing injury problems ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June.

“It’s been a stressful two weeks because of injuries and visa problems,” Broos said. “I was panicked a bit because these two friendly games are very important for me, and for the players.

“I was very happy yesterday [Sunday] after the screening by the doctor that I have the 23 players I wanted from the beginning, except Percy.

“He’s injured again. It’s becoming a little problem with Percy. Since I’ve been here, he had his problems with his transfer to Al Ahly so he wasn’t ready for the two games.

“He went to Al Ahly and then he was injured for the two games against Ethiopia. Because of that injury in the two last games against Ghana and Zimbabwe he was not 100 per cent.

“Now he’s injured again. I hope one day it will stop with him. He’s a very important player for us. But I’m also a bit afraid if that goes on we will have problem with Percy for June.

“Again he will be out for weeks with a knee problem, so that is not a good thing for us.”

Broos believes that Tau is suffering from fatigue as a result of a strenuous workload for the Egyptian club.

“I think every time he plays he’s overloaded and he gets injuries. You see it with Sundowns’ players, they are overloaded,” the 69-year-old added.

“Percy is playing too many games and doesn’t have the physical standing to do that, and he’s falling from injury to injury.”

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