Maritzburg United striker Andrea Fileccia back after the FIFA break?
Posted: 5 October 2016 Time: 15:36
Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp is hopeful that new striker Andre Fileccia will be back when his side visits Free State Stars after the international break.
Fileccia played in his club's opening two games of the campaign, but experienced discomfort when warming up for a clash with SuperSport United on September 21.
The Belgian sat out the Matsatsantsa tie as well as the next two matches with Kaizer Chiefs and Polokwane City.
Middendorp is wary of rushing Fileccia's return given the 24-year-old missed most of last season with a knee injury after hitting six goals in 11 outings for Ea Lla Koto.
"Andre wanted to try against Polokwane City and he got injured in the warm-up against SuperSport United unfortunately," Middendorp explains to KickOff.com.
"We all must be realistic. It is hard to explain it to him and I'm trying to take responsibility. I didn't allow him to try before the Polokwane game. I know he's coming from a six-month injury and surgery and it was a very, very bad injury. Everybody knows he broke the bone.
"I'm absolutely realistic and I'm surprised of how he fared against Bloemfontein Celtic (in the first league match). I know exactly he needs to bide his time to fully come back to his performance level.
"It was not right to push him into the game against Polokwane City and I stopped him from trying. But we will prepare him for the 15th against Free State Stars in Orkney."
Meanwhile, fellow recruit Themba Shabalala is expected to make his return at the end of the month after also sustaining a serious knee injury in February.