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Vuyisile Wana set for long-awaited comeback

Posted: 31 March 2016 Time: 10:00

Vuyisile Wana is one step closer to making his long-awaited return to football – and his Bloemfontein Celtic debut.

The former Moroka Swallows striker returned to training on Tuesday after spending the past 10 months on the sidelines.

Wana joined Celtic at the start of the season from the relegated Dube Birds, but has not played any football since being part of the Bafana Bafana squad for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia, and then featured in their CHAN qualifier against Mauritius in June.

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It was found that he had been playing with an extensive cruciate ligament injury during the latter stages of last season.

First it was said that he would have been back in action in October last year, then Celtic indicated that they were targeting a February comeback. He has now started training, albeit in short stints.

Celtic manager John Maduka confirms to KickOff.com that the player has started team training and they are targeting a comeback late next month.

Maduka added that the match against Jomo Cosmos on 27 April in Potchefstroom is earmarked for his potential return and Celtic debut.

“We are going to try and field him against Cosmos. We’re hoping that he will be ready; he’s been doing really well and is looking good,” Maduka tells KickOff.com.

“Tuesday was his first day where he joined the guys and although he didn’t do much, you can see that he is coming right. We’re hoping that by the end of April he will be ready to help the team.

“He’s a good player and we’re looking forward to having him play again.”

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Meanwhile, Celtic are using their long break between fixtures to refocus after experiencing a torrid season.

Phunya Sele Sele haven’t been in action since stunning Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 16 March. They next play on 10 April when they host Golden Arrows, which is now coached by former Celtic mentor Clinton Larsen.

Maduka adds that while they welcomed the break, it has disrupted their rhythm somewhat.

“The rhythm was there after winning the game against Sundowns. We would have loved to have played another game immediately while the players were still confident on the back of a good win.

“A long break can help sometimes, but it can also kill that rhythm.”

Celtic’s match against the Abafana Bes’thende at the Dr Petrus Rantlai Molemela Stadium on 10 April kicks off at 15:00.

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