Josef Zinnbauer news: Pirates coach's son Fabio in coma after car accident - report

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Photo credit: News5 - Fabio Zinnbauer's Skoda Octavia collided with a truck in Nuremberg on October 23

It could be a while before Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer can return to South Africa after his son was involved in a serious vehicle accident.

Zinnbauer departed the country straight after Pirates' 3-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 semi-finals on Saturday citing a family emergency.

Pirates also issued a statement confirming that the coach's son had been admitted to hospital, with Zinnbauer asking for privacy while he attended to a sensitive matter.

However, it was now been reported in German publication Bild that Fabio Zinnbauer, 24, has fallen into a coma following a car crash in Nuremberg on October 23.

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'A serious accident happened on Münchener Strasse in Nuremberg on October 23. The 24-year-old Skoda driver is in mortal danger,' reads the report.

'It is the son of Joe Zinnbauer [50]. The ex-HSV coach [now in South Africa with Orlando Pirates] is very worried about Fabio.

'Fabio is seriously injured and is in a coma. The police are investigating. How it came to the horror crash at 1pm has not yet been clarified.'

Pirates administrative manager Floyd Mbele has confirmed to snl24.com/kickoff that assistant coach Fadlu Davids will lead the team when they visit Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday.

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