Thembinkosi Lorch absence stretch


Orlando Pirates star man Thembinkosi Lorch’s absence will continue stretching and go past the 20 games with his return still uncertain up to now.

Lorch is yet to feature in any official match for Pirates this season with the only appearance that he made has been in the Carling Black Label match at the beginning of August.

The last official game that he played was at the end of last season when he lasted 72 minutes against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

Pirates have now played 17 games across all competitions, and he is yet to feature in any.

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He underwent surgery following what was described as a 'freak accident' in September. 

The club then confirmed that he will not be available for the rest of the year meaning that even in the six games remaining for 2021 he will not play.

The Bucs have games against AmaZulu (twice), TS Galaxy, Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Marumo Gallants to play.

In the last two seasons, Lorch has made 50 appearances and scored seven goals.

His absence has been evident with Pirates lacking the penetrative edge in attack. 

From all their attacking players only Tshegofatso Mabasa (2) and Kabelo Dlamini (1) have scored in the league while Gabadingo Mhango, Kwame Peprah, Boitumelo Radiopane, Vincent Pule, Terrence Dzvukamnja, Ntsako Makhubela are all yet to open their scoring accounts for the season from the list of those who have had minutes.

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