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Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler explains Thabo Qalinge and Rooi Mahamutsa injuries against Ajax

Posted: 4 February 2016 Time: 09:35

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler says Thabo Qalinge's injury is not serious, while he also explained why Rooi Mahamutsa was substituted in the 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town last night.

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Qalinge was replaced by Mpho Makola in the 31st minute at Orlando Stadium, but Tinkler says the ex-Mpumlanga Black Aces midfielder will be available for their trip to University of Pretoria on Saturday.

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“Qalinge got a dead leg against Chiefs and obviously on Monday, he felt the effects of that,” Tinkler says.

“On Tuesday in training he was fine. No problems, he saw through the whole training session and he was fine this morning [Wednesday].

“Unfortunately he got kicked on the same leg and that obviously created the same problem. It is a dead leg, it is nothing major issue and he will be back in a couple of days.”

Defender Mahamutsa was replaced at half-time by Tshepo Gumede.

“Unfortunately Rooi tweaked his hamstring just before half-time and he came to the bench to say, 'Coach, my hamstring is tight, I'm scared it is going to snap'.

“Then I asked him if he can continue and he said, 'Let's see at half time'. It was two or three minutes to go.

“At half-time we assessed him with the doctor and we were informed that it might snap so rather to pull him off, which we did and we put in Tshepo Gumede.”

Meanwhile, Tinkler is concerned by the injuries to his defenders, with Siyabonga Sangweni and Happy Jele also on the sidelines.

“You want to create continuity in the back four and unfortunately we haven't been able to do that.

“It is not because of chopping and changing, it has just been injuries, suspensions and that's not the type of the situation you want.”

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Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa

Tags:  Eric Tinkler

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