Cape Town - Cape Town City central defender Taariq
Fielies has suffered a setback in his recovery from appendicitis
following a botched operation.
Initially, Fielies was supposed to only be out for a few months, but
his stay on the sidelines has now been prolonged after a surgery gone
wrong at a state hospital in Cape Town.
It will give coach Benni McCarthy even more headaches after the City
tactician admitted last week that the club had a lack of depth in the
centre-back position, something which he wants to remedy in the transfer
Kouassi Kouadja and Keanu Cupido are both sidelined with injuries
themselves, which leaves Belgian under-21 international Keith
Groeneveld, whom City signed from Standard Liege in April, as the only
fit option in the position in the squad, but he is only 19 and still
City chairperson John Comitis confirmed the
news and said that if Fielies had only let the club know about the
problem earlier, this could have all been avoided.
"Only when he went back to Groote Schuur hospital due to the
malfunction did he tell us about his situation," Comitis told KickOff.
then moved him to Christiaan Barnard [private hospital] for a full
evaluation, he was there for four days. After they managed to put him on
the recovery we moved him back to Groote Schuur for the
Comitis wants his players to know that his door is always open and
they can come to him with any problems, while admitting that the setback
is a significant blow for the club, who are still seeking their maiden
Absa Premiership title.
"We need to help and support and the team
needs him asap. I think this will take about three to four months. Yes,
he is a big loss for the team. We’re also continuing the ongoing
recovery of Keano [Cupido] and Kouassi [Kouadja].," said Comitis.
Citizens get their Absa Premiership campaign underway with a trip to
face Baroka at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on August 3.