Absa Premiership

Late fitness test for Matlaba

2015-04-02 10:27
Thabo Matlaba (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Thabo Matlaba remains doubtful for Orlando Pirates away trip to Uganda following his chest injury in the international friendly between South Africa and Nigeria.

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According to the club's official website, the Bafana Bafana international was elbowed on the chest in the latter stages of the second half of the international friendly match against the Super Eagles at the Mbombela Stadium which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The initial diagnosis was that he had a lung contusion (bruise) because he was in serious pain at the stadium and at the hospital this was confirmed after by Dr Thulani Ngwenya, the Bafana Bafana team doctor after CT scan of the chest and lungs.

At the time, the Bafana Bafana team doctor said: “He (Thabo) was elbowed hard on the chest but he is now fine, there is nothing broken, which is a great relief. He will need total rest for some time, and this will be determined by his club’s medical team.”

The Bucs medical department has since confirmed that the hard-running full back will have to pass a late fitness test.

Eric Tinkler and his troops will depart for Uganda on Thursday where they carry a narrow 2-1 goal advantage over URA.

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