Absa Premiership

Sundowns attacker recovering well from injury

2020-04-14 11:45
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Mauricio Affonso.
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Mauricio Affonso.

Mamelodi Sundowns physiotherapist Sakhi Ngwevela says striker Mauricio Affonso is recovering well from injury in his homeland Uruguay.

The 28-year-old former Alianza Lima frontman impressed in patches for Downs since his arrival, netting a brace in the 2-1 Telkom Knockout Cup final against Maritzburg United.

But he underwent an ankle operation in March before heading back home prior to the lockdown in South Africa as a result of the coronavirus.

Ngwevela told the Daily Sun: "I last spoke to him this past Monday via WhatsApp and according to him, he’s feeling good and rehabilitation is going well.

"Owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, his rehabilitation is being done by video footage exchange. Let me add as well that he removed operation stitches on his ankle two weeks ago in Uruguay.

"He's walking on crutches and his feet is touching the floor. Initially, as the medical team, based on the PSL running smoothly, had projected that he would join us when we returned for pre-season training around July."

Ngwevela added that Sundowns will undertake their own tests upon Affonso's return.

"There are many things that need to be done on a player before we can say he’s ready to return to play," he said.

"Things like medical tests, physical conditioning, physical tests (joints and muscle flexibility). We still feel he'll join us in July. We’re very confident."

- TEAMtalk media


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