Bloemfontein Celtic face Mpumalanga Black Aces today in vital match
Posted: 14 January 2011 Time: 07:01
Bloemfontein Celtic go into one of their toughest weeks to date this season when they travel to Mpumalanga Black Aces today for a crucial PSL fixture before heading home to face the title-chasing duo of Sundowns and Chiefs in the space of five days.
Coach Clinton Larsen's immediate concern is the injury that striker Nathan Paulse picked up in the team's 0-0 draw against Wits. Paulse suffered a grade one tear of his quadriceps (thigh) muscle and will be out for about three weeks. Tough-as-teak defender Gary Goldstone, who failed a late fitness test ahead of the Wits game is still suffering from flu and will probably miss the Aces game as well, but should be back for the matches at home against first Sundowns on Wednesday, then Chiefs on the Sunday. Good news for Larsen is that star midfielder and one of his most experienced players in his squad, Cecil Oerson, is fit, having recovered from a shoulder injury. He is available for selection for the Aces game. Also fit and well for the weekend is right back Kgotso Moleko who recently recovered. The Siwelele faithful will also be pleased to hear that ‘Captain Fantastic' Thabo Nthethe has served his suspension. Aces, meanwhile, after suffering six successive defeats, will hoping to lift themselves off the foot of the Absa Premiership table at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening. AmaZayoni began 2011 on a low note when they were beaten 1-0 away from home by Maritzburg United. The result means that there is now an eight-point gap between the bottom two. In head-to-head stats, Aces and Celtic have met 26 times in league action since 1985. The teams have won nine games apiece, with eight matches ended in draws.