Claasen back in training
Bafana Bafana midfielder Daylon Claasen has returned to training after a knee complaint that kept him out of his country’s World Cup qualifiers early this month.
Claasen is back at his Belgian side Lierse and has begun light running away from the rest of the squad with the club doctor.
The 22-year-old has been hotly tipped to move away from the lowly Belgian side in the close-season after starring for them in the last campaign, where he finished runner-up in the Player of the Season award behind Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
Claasen almost signed for English Premiership side QPR in the January transfer window, but was foiled by work permit problems. It is not clear whether the London club will reignite their interest in him.
Also back at Lierse is Lance Davids, who is also keen to leave. He is not training either because of a sprain in the ligaments of his knee, but he too is hopeful of finding a new club.
He thought that would mean a return to Ajax Cape Town, but after constructive negotiations with the Urban Warriors, they opted to sign the Dutchman Koen van der Laak instead.