Rivaldo Coetzee returns to Mamelodi Sundowns training


Mamelodi Sundowns have received a big fitness boost ahead of their Nedbank Cup game against sworn rivals SuperSport United this weekend.

Defender-cum-midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee has returned to training to give coach Pitso Mosimane another option in his side.

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The 23-year-old picked up a nasty leg injury following a dangerous tackle by Mogamad De Goede during the league match against Stellenbosch last year, putting him on crutches.

He joins striker Mauricio Affonso back in the squad after he also recovered from a long-term problem to make his return on Saturday against Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League.

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Coetzee has confirmed his return to action and says he is getting strong.

"It has been tough with these niggling injuries but it's part of the sport. We are in a contact sport and we expect these injuries," said Coetzee.

"I have learnt to deal with these injuries. You know I was out of action for one year and that made me mentally strong."

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The Brazilians take on Matsatsantsa in the Nedbank Cup last 32 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday (20h15).