Bafana Bafana

Dolly eager for AFCON selection after injury return

Keagan Dolly (Twiter)
Keagan Dolly (Twiter)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana winger Keagan Dolly says he is confident he will be fit to be selected for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

Dolly missed virtually the entirety of the 2018/19 season for Montpellier in Ligue 1 with a leg fracture and suffered a number of minor setbacks in his initial recovery.

With that said, should he be passed fully fit it is likely coach Stuart Baxter will select the former Mamelodi Sundowns star as the Englishman rates the player highly.

He said, "When I got back from my broken fibula, I had another minor setback when I felt a little pain in my calf muscle because of the plate in my leg, which kept me out for another three weeks.

"So, the healing process took a little longer than expected but I came back and played a game or two with the reserve team before I went to Bafana camp [in March].

"And then, in my first training session with Bafana, I pulled my hamstring, which meant I was out for another three weeks. I came back and played another game for the reserves two weeks ago, before we had a week off.

"This past weekend, I played 90 minutes with the reserves and I got an assist as we won 4-2, which was a nice confidence booster.

"The first team need me to get more game-time and they feel I've missed out on a lot of football, so it's just right that I play with the reserves first.

"So, it's better that I get the minutes in instead of going to the first team, sit on the bench and maybe get 10-15 minutes, which won't help me much.

"The plan is to try and get back in the first team before the season ends, but I feel another 90 minutes with the reserves will do me well and hopefully I can join them for the last two games.

"I initially put myself under pressure at the last Bafana camp and overworked myself, especially in the first training session, which is why I picked up the injury.

"So, now I'm trying just to take it one game and a time and not to push myself too much so that I don't get another minor injury before the AFCON."

Bafana Bafana are in a tough Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Morocco and Namibia for the competition during June and July.

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