Bucs battle serious injuries

2013-10-13 10:00

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The spate of injuries that has plagued Orlando Pirates is a cause for concern.

This is according to team doctor Bobby Ramasia, who said they were worried, particularly after looking at their congested fixture schedule.

Pirates have played five matches in a fortnight, which has stretched their already thin squad.

“Although we have come up with a way of conditioning the players, (have) adjusted our training accordingly and put systems in place to try to avoid or minimise injuries, it is extremely worrying that our players keep suffering the same kinds of injuries,” said Ramasia.

He said they were hoping the injured players would make a full recovery in no time. Players on the long-term injury list are defenders Siyabonga Sangweni and Patrick Phungwayo, who suffered an Achilles tendon injury.

Sangweni was carried off on Tuesday during the Telkom Knockout game against Mpumalanga Black Aces, while Phungwayo could not finish the MTN8 final against Platinum Stars.

It’s the same injury that laid off Rooi Mahamutsa for several months last season.

Midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo is also out again and nursing a recurring ankle injury.

“Patrick has a strong character and, although our prognosis says he could be out for three months, it could be less than that because of his personality,” said Ramasia.

Ramasia could not immediately say for how long Sangweni would be out of action.

This is a major blow for Sangweni, who had just returned to full action after spending time on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The good news for Pirates is that Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma could be back against Esperance on Saturday.

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