Leonardo Castro ruled out of Sundowns' busy September month with ankle injury
Posted: 7 September 2016 Time: 17:49
Mamelodi Sundowns will go through their heavy fixture schedule this month minus the influence of injured striker Leonardo Castro.
The Colombian picked up an ankle injury in the MTN8 quarter-final victory over SuperSport United 10 days ago and has undergone an X-ray and scan, which have confirmed that he has no fracture as was first feared.
Castro has used crutches since that injury as his ankle was also swollen but he is only expected to be out of action for four weeks at most.
Pitso Mosimane, the Sundowns coach, indicated today that he only expects Castro back early next month.
The time that Castro will spend recovering from the ankle injury essentially means that he will miss The Brazilians’ hectic September schedule which includes two two-legged semi-finals in the CAF Champions League and MTN8 while also missing the start of the league campaign.
Sundowns will play Zambian club Zesco United in the Champions League and then seek to avoid the slippery challenge presented by Chippa United in the MTN8 semi-finals.
With the PSL choosing not to postpone any of their games, The Brazilians will now also play Maritzburg United away next Wednesday.
Castro is in his second season at Sundowns having scored 14 goals in all competitions in his first year at the club and has become an integral part of the attacking combination that has famously been referred to as ‘CBD’ including Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly.
However, Mosimane will still have enough options with Sibusiso Vilakazi, Khama Billiat Anthony Laffor, Percy Tau and Yannick Zakri all available as options in attack. Vilakazi and Zakri, however, are cup-tied in Africa.