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Football | Absa Premiership

Pirates hope to have Sangweni back



Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa hopes to have defender Siyabonga Sangweni back after the team returns from their weekend trip to the Comoros Islands.

The Bafana Bafana centre back has been out for the last fortnight with a knee injury, missing the club’s last three matches.

“He came back from the national team a little bit tired and with several little injuries,” explained De Sa.

“His knee swelled up when we played against SuperSport,” continued the coach, “and we set him for scan.”

The league game against SuperSport United came just three days after the end of the African Nations Cup finals and since then Sangweni has missed the African Champions League first round first leg home match against Djabal of the Comoros, the narrow win over fellow frontrunners Platinum Stars in the Absa Premiership and the weekend’s embarrassing setback in the Nedbank Cup to Maluti FET College in Phuthaditjhaba.

“The doctors report was that he would be out for between two and six weeks. I’m taking that as two weeks,” said de Sa.

Rest was key for a quick recovery, added the coach, who will not take Sangweni to the Comoros for the weekend’s return game in the Champions League.

“After we come back, we are hoping he’ll be ready to be going again.”

Pirates face Bloemfontein Celtic next Wednesday, March 6 in what could possibly be Sangweni’s comeback game.

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