According to Bucs’ website, Da Gama was left pondering over their fate after Excellent Walaza gave him the latest scare at training on Wednesday.
The SA international striker pulled a thigh muscle which prompted the technical team to take him to a doctor right away.
However, the extent of the injury could not be established immediately and Walaza was scheduled for another appointment this morning.
Da Gama is optimistic that the diagnosis will not be that bad but admitted he was worried.
“Not having Walaza for the Swallows clash on Wednesday, Olen Park, would be a big blow.
“Ralph Matema is out which means I will only have Gilbert Mushangazhike and Paulus Masehe. I have confidence in the two but their game is almost identical. They can score goals but their strength is to hold and feed others. You need a nippy one around them to peel off and bury those chances.
“I am going to try everything to make sure Walaza is fit by next Wednesday. We need him against Swallows, he is our leading goal scorer,” insisted Da Gama.
Walaza was positive before going in for his second medical check-up this morning.
“I still feel the pain but I hope it’s nothing serious. The game against Swallows is not one I am prepared to miss. I am ready to do whatever the doctor advises will get me ready by Wednesday. In fact, I am looking forward not only to Wednesday but keen on the league second round as a whole,” he maintained.
“Papu”, as Makita is affectionately called by Bucs supporters and his compatriots, made tremendous strides at Pirates soon after joining, then he was hit by a groin injury.
Talking about his injury, the Congo international says: “Obviously, this latest pulled thigh muscle (picked up on the first day of training) is a setback. I was almost at my best when the injury struck. I strained a thigh muscle during the sprint test in our first training session last month and I have been in a rehabilitation programme, since.
“I have already started to do light exercises and will work very hard but patiently to get fit again.”
The Bucs’ camp currently looks like a hospital ward with non-regulars Tsietsi Mkhwanazi, Keanon Thomas, Cavaan Sibeko, Dira Laka, Irvin Mhlambi also carry knocks.