Leal: We had to pick Benni

2011-10-24 10:23

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal has admitted that he rushed Benni McCarthy back to action with the striker lasting half an hour against Black Leopards at the weekend.

McCarthy put Bucs ahead in the 24th minute on their way to a 2-1 win in the Telkom Knockout over 'Lidoda Duvha', but he then limped off the pitch six minutes later.

The Brazilian coach tells that his hand was forced to pick McCarthy for the clash, despite the former Bafana Bafana ace struggling to regain full fitness as he battles with a hamstring strain.

"We expected to use him later in one or two weeks, but due to circumstances we had to use him. He got the injury after the game against Maritzburg United (August 24) and recently he's been training only part time but he has managed to play some games," Leal said.

"Against Black Leopards, the difference was that the speed of the game forced him to feel it again and now we will have to see what the doctor and the physiotherapist say. I think he will stay a few days without playing, without practicing," he continued.

Leal has bemoaned McCarthy's injury woes saying the only South African player to win the UEFA Champions League has plenty to offer.

He said: "He is really a different player that gives us not only the confidence but the capacity to hold the ball, to wait for the midfielders and the wing backs to arrive.

"He is a very smart player with experience and I think he is really an outstanding player but he has not been able to perform as much as he is capable because of the fitness level after the injuries. If he recovers completely and gets in the best possible shape he will be amazing," Leal added.


  • Sihle - 2011-10-24 10:50

    Leal stop abusing Bennie we have other strikers who can do the job,let Bennie fully recover and you will see the best of him.Your action cast a doubt on your abilities as a coach,what type of coach relies on a injured player?.Please deliver or the Nyala will be waiting to escort you out of the stadium.

  • Mbuso - 2011-10-24 12:08

    by the time he recovers you will be history....

  • mrmogoswane - 2011-10-25 07:33

    I have to say this, even when he is struggling with injuries and weight he still does the job on the field for pie rats, that just show class is permanent...

      okuhle2009 - 2011-11-10 16:56

      i am glad you all have taken a note at last.

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