Banged up Benni back in action

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However, the Bafana Bafana hitman was back in action of Wednesday, with both boots blazing against Aston Villa in midweek Premiership fixture which they lost 4-0 playing with only 10 men.

McCarthy was on the pitch for 67 minutes before being substituted and during that time he had one goal disallowed in a dubious decision and then was unlucky not to get his name of the score sheet after another blazing goal-bound shot was deflected by Aston Villa defender Zat Knight.

McCarthy’s ability to take punishment was evident as early at the 15th minute when he was hacked down by Gareth Barry and this must bring a sigh of relief to Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira that the Cape Town born striker will be fit and well for the African Cup of Nations in Ghana during January next year.