Absa Premiership

Pirates get Mhlongo boost

2015-08-13 10:21
Brighton Mhlongo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Brighton Mhlongo seems to have escaped a serious injury after physical assessment showed the Orlando Pirates goalkeeper had only stretched a ligament in his knee, and not torn it.

The shot stopper needed to be substituted during their Absa Premiership clash against SuperSport Untied, a game which was abandoned after 63 minutes due to floodlight failure at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Mhlongo was replaced by new signing Felipe Ovono, who stood between the sticks for the final 27 minutes in match's restart the following day, where Pirates were unable to come back from Michael Boxall's first-half opener as Matsatsantsa snatched a 1-0 win.

"Brighton is probably out for four days; he stretched his ligament on his knee. Luckily it is not torn according to what we've been told," coach Eric Tinkler says.

"He is going for a scan to assess it, but according to the doctors in four days he should be back and should be fine."

That means Mhlongo should be back for Pirates' next league encounter, against Chippa United on August 18, although Thabo Rakhale's situation remains unclear, with the midfielder having also picked up an injury against SuperSport.

"Rakhale has strained his groin and he is going for scan. We need to see the extent," Tinkler concluded.


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