Bucs’ medical team reports that currently they have six players - four of them defenders – doubtful for their opening match, a grudge encounter with arch-rivals Moroka Swallows.
The game initially scheduled for the Germiston Stadium, on Wednesday, has been switched to Potchefstroom’s Olen Park. Kick off is at 19h30.
Team physiotherapist John Williams tells Pirates’ website that none of the injuries are long-term and almost all the injured will be fully fit in two weeks, bar striker Ralph Matema who has another check-up scheduled for today.
Williams discloses that right-back Lucky Lekgwathi has covered a lot of ground rehabilitating his lower abdomen muscle injury he suffered against AmaZulu in their last game of 2007.
“Lekgwathi is doing well in rehab with his strained groin. He is training lightly with the team and should be fit to play within two weeks.”
“Bongani Cashibe, who strained his groin during training before the warm up, is currently receiving treatment from myself and Dr. Dave. He should be out for two more weeks.
“Destin Makita has started light training after straining his thigh muscle. He should be fit to play in one to two weeks’ time. Makita picked up the injury in his first day at training during a sprints test.
“Linda Mkhwanazi, who injured his left knee whilst on duty with the national Under-23 team, is receiving treatment and should be fit within two to three weeks.
“Matema injured his knee during the friendly match with Inter-clube de Luanda of Angola, but he has started with treatment and a further assessment after two days should determine how long he will be unavailable.”
“Lucas Thwala strained his calf muscle during the friendly match against AmaZulu in the Asiphephe Tournament but should be unavailable for the next two weeks.”