Cape Town - Orlando Pirates forward Thabiso Kutumela
admits he has taken comfort from training with the rest of the squad again
after his long injury lay-off.
The 25-year-old had been sidelined since
February after suffering a fractured ankle during a training session and had to undergo surgery.
Kutumela was a regular feature in Milutin
Sredojevic's side before the injury brought an untimely end to his season,
having scored two goals in 16 Premiership appearances.
However, the former Baroka marksman has
been given the go-ahead to return to full training ahead of the new season and
expressed his delight at being back in the mix.
"I am happy to be back training again.
It has been a long time since I last trained with the guys, it was such a
relief to be running with my boots on," he told the club's official
"The toughest part, however, in my
recovery has always been the mental side of things but I am thankful to the
medical team as well as the support that I have been getting from my family, the
coaches and my team-mates."
Kutumela is expected to miss Pirates'
top-flight opener against newly-promoted Highlands Park on Saturday as he needs
to build up his match fitness.