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Lorch comeback 'looks promising' says Ncikazi

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Thembinkosi Lorch (Gallo Images)
Thembinkosi Lorch (Gallo Images)

Mandla Ncikazi is hopeful that Thembinkosi Lorch will make his Orlando Pirates return before the year's end.

The 28-year-old is yet to play for Bucs this season after undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury.

However, he is back in training after a full recovery and will work on improving his fitness to become eligible for selection.

But speaking on SABC ahead of facing Baroka at the Orlando Stadium on Thursday evening, Ncikazi said they wouldn't rush Lorch's return.

"I'm happy that Lorch has started training with the team, but we're still cautious because he has some processes he must go through," the assistant coach said.

He had a shoulder injury. You know there are these shoulders that come out and go back.

"I had the same injury in my days; sometimes it heals on its own but based on the recommendation of our medical team, it was important that he does the surgery so that it doesn't happen again.

"So, one, we are avoiding contact with him, especially now. He's playing, but we make him a neutral so that he avoids contact as much as possible.

"It looks promising, and it looks positive. I am hoping and wishing that he should be back soon. I wish he is back tomorrow, but we have to wait for medical advice.

"He has started training; partially, he's not going full contact. And I am hopeful that before the end of December, we'd love to see him playing to the best of his ability."

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers comes face-to-face with Baroka FC on Thursday in a Premiership encounter.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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