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Van Heerden, Tlolane, Motupa, Alexander carrying injuries ahead of Cosafa Cup

Posted: 17 May 2015 Time: 14:51

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba is sweating over the fitness of Marc van Heerden, Puleng Tlolane, Gift Motupa and Cole Alexander.

Bafana drew 0-0 and 1-1 with Lesotho on Thursday and Saturday as part of their preparations for the Cosafa Cup on home soil.

AmaZulu fullback Van Heerden missed the games due to an Achilles tendon injury, while Tlolane (thigh), Motupa (ankle) and Alexander (ankle) sustained knocks against South Africa's neighbours.

"Tlolane clashed with the opposition goalkeeper during the match and had a knock on the knee," explained Bafana's doctor, Tshepo Molobi. "We suspect a mild contrution or bruise which indicates it’s not a bad injury. He has slight pain so he is now on medication, but there are no major worries there and we believe he should be up and running in the next 48 to 72 hours.

"With regards to Cole Alexander, he twisted his ankle outwardly and has pain around that area after a tackle. He had some swelling when he was treated on the field, but as a precautionary measure we would like to do an MRI scan just to be sure it’s nothing serious."

Motupa earned his first international cap in the first clash but got injured at training a day before the second encounter.

“We will take the final decision on the two [Van Heerden and Motupa] when we arrive back home. We will check them again and see how serious the injuries are. Hopefully by the end of this afternoon we should have a clearer picture of what we are dealing with,” added Dr Molobi.

Mashaba is naturally hoping for positive news.

"We have to be careful on how we deal with each case because the registration or deregistration of players for the tournament closes on Wednesday, 20 May," he said.

"When we get back home we must reassess them thoroughly. I believe that by Monday afternoon we will know where we stand. We can’t wait too long, we have to make decisions and if we are bringing in any new players we have to act quickly."

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