Johannesburg - England-based Bafana Bafana captain Steven "Schillo" Pienaar is back in action after being sidelined by a niggling groin injury for almost three months, reports the Sowetan.
Pienaar said on Monday that he was happy to be back, adding that he no longer felt any pain when he trained.
"It is great to be back to full training. I just want to play," the talented linkman wrote on social network Twitter.
Pienaar is still being assessed by medical personnel at his English
Premiership club, Tottenham Hotspur before being given a run in an
The most successful graduate of Transnet Football School of
Excellence got injured on the eve of Bafana's 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifier against Niger.
He limped off the pitch with the niggling groin injury in his club's
friendly match against Atletico Bilbao in England on August 7.
resulted in Pienaar withdrawing from the Bafana international friendly
against Burkina Faso after discussions with team doctor Ephraim
Pienaar was also sidelined for two vital Afcon qualifiers, which saw
the national squad go down 2-1 to Niger in Niamey and draw 0-0 against
Sierra Leone in Nelspruit.
"I've been training for one week (without feeling) the pain so slowly
(I'm) getting back into the swing of things," Pienaar said after Spurs
hammered Queens Park Rangers 3-1 on Sunday.
The midfield ace is highly likely to be included in the Bafana squad
to play against Ivory Coast in the Mandela Challenge in Port Elizabeth
on November 12.
Coach Pitso Mosimane will name his team to play the
Didier Droba-led Elephants on Thursday.