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Patrick Phungwayo set for Orlando Pirates return

Posted: 13 March 2015 Time: 17:34

Orlando Pirates have been boosted by the return to training of Patrick Phungwayo, who got injured before the start of Africa Cup of Nations in January.

The left-back was ruled out of action for two to three months after an MRI scan at a specialist orthopedic surgeon determined that he had a strain on his MCL (medial cruciate ligament). This was done after he returned home from Equatorial Guinea where he was in camp with Bafana Bafana.

Bucs coach Eric Tinkler confirms that Phungwayo is back, saying: “Patrick is training now and it is just his fitness that needs to improve, then he will be available for selection.

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“We will be happy to see Patrick back in the field because he is an important player for the club. We will love to play both him and Thabo [Matlaba], but those are options that we will look at and we have already spoken about including Thabo’s versatility.

“The young boy [Maselaelo] Seanego is also back and Lucky Lekgwathi has been doing some runs,” he says.

Seanego had been out nursing a foot injury, while Lekgwathi was suffering from a torn metatarsal ligament on his right foot. 

KickOff.com reported recently that Phungwayo has started negotiations with Pirates over a new contract.

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