Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Rivaldo Coetzee
will not be rushed back into first team action, says the club's Reserve team
coach David Notoane.
Coetzee joined the Brazilians at the start
of the 2017/18 season but missed the entire campaign due to a foot injury,
which also pout paid to his hopes of signing for Scottish giants Celtic.
This season has seen the 21-year-old Bafana
international making tentative steps back, and he has featured for the Sundowns
second stringers in the Multichoice Diski Challenge league.
Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane recently
aired his concern as to whether Coetzee would ever be able to play at the top
level again, while the player has reportedly been needing to take pain-killing
injections to get through matches.
Notoane however is slightly more optimistic
about Coetzee's future, but has underlined the importance of taking things one
step at a time.
"We need to give him some time and the
space for him to reach his best form before we send him to the senior team,"
he told the Citizen.
"These things take some time, but we are
seeing some good progress.”