Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates will only know on Friday whether key midfielder Andile Jali will be ready for the MTN8 semi-final against Kaizer Chiefs but are already planning their immediate future without the hard tackling Thandani Ntshumayelo.
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According to the supersport.com website, Jali is undergoing treatment on a thigh injury after being forced off early at the weekend during the African Champions League win over Zamalek at the Orlando Stadium.
Pirates have confirmed that Ntshumayelo is out for at last six weeks after suffering a broken foot.
He has a metatarsal fracture after being caught in a tackle during the 2-2 draw with SuperSport United in the MTN8 quarterfinal in Nelspruit earlier this month.
“Initially we thought it was not a serious injury but scan results revealed that he is definitely not fit to play,” Pirates’ physiotherapist John Williams told their website.
“We will have to give him at about six week or so to see how he responds to treatment.”
Jali, however, is expected to recover in time as he undergoes treatment during the week.
“It is not a groin injury,’ added Williams, “he got a hard knock to his thigh and he just could not carry on…
“We will treat him and see how it goes. For now there is nothing to worry about - he does not have to go through scans and stuff - it might just be a bruise but it is nothing too serious,” explained Williams.
Collins Mbesuma, at the same time, is also receiving treatment on an injured ankle.