Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa received some positive news from the club’s medical treatment room on Wednesday as the bulk of his players were given a clean bill of health.
|Thulasizwe Mbuyane © Backpagepix
Pirates will tussle with Black Leopards at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday in the Telkom Knockout.
Club Physiotherapist John Williams has revealed to orlandopiratesfc.com, that the team will approach the Telkom Knockout Cup match against Black Leopards with a clean bill of health.
"We took the (Fifa International) break to work on the injured players and they have responded well. They will now have to work hard and catch up with the rest of the team as they are a bit behind in terms of fitness," he said.
Williams reveals that midfielder Manti Moholo returned to training with the rest of the squad last week and no longer feels the discomfort in his ankle.
Meanwhile, defender Robyn Johannes, Onyekachi Okonkwo and Lucky Lekgwathi have all passed their medicals and have resumed full training.
Williams also confirmed that striker Thulasizwe Mbuyane has returned to training. The industrious striker sustained a head injury on the 23rd minute of their 3-1 league win against University of Pretoria on October 7 at Loftus Stadium.
As for striker Benni McCarthy, Williams says the Bafana Bafana all-time top goal scorer has about two weeks to go on his rehabilitation programme.