Cape Town - Orlando Pirates physiotherapist, John Williams, has shed light on which players are still sidelined through injuries and those who have fully recovered.
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As most PSL teams enjoy a break at the end of the 2014/2015 Season, Orlando Pirates, the only local club left representing South Africa in CAF Competition this season, find themselves pushing on with their training program as they fight to get a spot in the Confederations Cup group stages.
According to the Orlando Pirates website, Williams is pleased with how the technical and medical teams have worked to keep the players relatively free of injuries and fit at the end of the season.
The physiotherapist reveals that Helder Pelembe has “injured the fatela tendonitis of his right leg” and will be “out for two and a half weeks.”
“He has gone home for the players break. He will be reassessed upon his return,” said Williams.
Mpho Mvelase has a groin injury in his left leg and is expected to be out for two weeks.
“He has been given a rehab program. Which he has been instructed to follow during the Players break.”
Meanwhile, Williams added that Thandani Ntshumayelo had an upper respiratory tract infection saying, “he was booked off for three weeks. He is fully recovered and training with the team.”
Pirates veteran, Lucky Lekgwathi, has had niggling injuries throughout the campaign and the defender struggled to break into the Buccaneers defence.
However, Williams confirms that the 38-year-old is set to resume training as he has fully recovered.
“He had an ankle injury (right leg). The compounding of injuries resulted in long term injuries.”
Williams confirms Lennox Bacela has fully recovered from a “from adductor strain which is a grade 2 tear of the muscle” and he expects the player to start training with the rest of the players.
“We are mindful of the fact that this is a delicate period for us because we still have to keep our players match fit and ensure that they do not suffer from fatigue at the same time, hence the light training program devised for the team,” said Williams.