Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has revealed that Peter Shalulile is not far from returning to the pitch, while he also gave an update on Abubeker Nasir.

The latter had to be stretchered off the pitch just before half-time in Downs’ 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates.

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Shalulile, meanwhile, has been absent since September, but Mokwena insisted the striker is very close to a comeback.

“Peter is a different specimen, completely different social life, he lives only football, he breathes football,” he told journalists.

“And he is ready from my perspective, but I trust the medical department in the football club, who have done exceptional work in the history of the injuries and the rehabilitation.

“You can look at Riva for example and how they’ve brought him back. The advice is far more important than mine and they advised that we thread a little bit more cautiously with Peter.

“But I don’t think Peter is far off because of the specimen that he is, different profile.”

Mokwena also stated that Nasir’s injury might not be as bad as first feared after he was clattered down by Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane.

“Nasir, there is good and bad. Bad, that he’s out for a bit of time,” he added.

“Something very similar to Haashim Domingo because that type of tackle is not even just the knee ankle but also the knee, so there are issues in both the ankle and the knee.

“Fortunately it’s not too severe with the knee and it’s not so severe with the knee and it’s not so severe with the ankle.

“The ankle is a little bit worse off than the knee but it does not need surgery, that’s the good news.

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“He will be seeing an ankle specialist in the next few days and then we’ll probably have a proper time-frame for Nasir.”

Downs return to action on Friday evening where they will face third-placed Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.


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