Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has given an update on the injury of influential midfielder Themba Zwane ahead of their CAF Champions League group stage opener against Al-Hilal.

Zwane was ruled out of Sundowns’ Nedbank Cup last 32 clash against Richards Bay where they won 3-2, with an undisclosed injury and Mokwena has provided the update of his status ahead of the encounter against Sudanese side Al-Hilal on Saturday.

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“Mshishi, we’re waiting (for the) diagnosis of the scans, the doctors, so I can’t give you an accurate answer,” Mokwena told journalists in a press conference, before elaborating on other injuries.

“The other injuries is still (Abubaker) Nasir, as I said, Haashim Domingo, Lebo Maboe but most of the players (are) still working their way back to fitness.

“Some of them are on the green grass already so, Terrence is starting to train, still not available for selection, ‘AB’ (Abdelmounaim Boutouil) still not available for selection, just from the top of my head, I think that’s six, seven players with Themba Zwane included in that list,” he said.

“So we’re a little bit in that space where we’ve got quite a few injuries and especially in the front line but we have to make do what we have to make do with and it’s good that the rest of the squad players are picking up their hands and competing for places.”

The 36-year old tactician was pressed to provide clarity on whether Zwane’s injury could be long-term or not and he replied that it’s not as serious as it initially looked.

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“Not as serious as he looked but hopefully, important player for us, the captain of the team you’ve seen even with Denis  on the pitch he still keeps the armband, so important for the team because he gives so much confidence,” he went on.

“And Themba is Themba, very good player, so hopefully he’s back sooner rather than later,” he added.


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