Muhsin Ertugral provides injury update on Tendai Ndoro Thabiso Kutumela Edwin Gyimah Gladwin Shitolo Nkosinathi Mthiyane
Posted: 18 October 2016 Time: 15:27
Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral is handling strikers Tendai Ndoro and Thabiso Kutumela with great care ahead of their Telkom Knockout opener on Sunday.
The Buccaneers are currently preparing for their Last 16 clash, which will be played against Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium this weekend.
However, Tuesday morning's session went forth without Ndoro – the current Absa Premiership top goal scorer – as well as Kutumela, who both featured in their last-gasp 1-1 draw against Polokwane City last Sunday.
"Today Tendai had a problem on the patella [kneecap]. He was just jogging and then went back into the dressing room again," revealed Ertugral at their TKO press conference.
"Kutumela was involved in a one-against-one situation – the defensive line [was playing] against the striking line – and he doesn't like to play against 'Ntsiki' Nyauza, so there was a big challenge there.
"They carried him into the dressing room; I don't know what happened. But it looked like a hip flexor [muscles] because he wanted to shoot and 'Ntsiki' left his leg in and so he kicked his leg, so we'll see how it goes [but] it didn't look very good."
Ndoro and Kutumela will both face late fitness tests ahead of the clash, which is scheduled to kick-off at 15h00.
Meanwhile, the Turkish tactician also alerted that midfielder Edwin Gyimah, who is still set to face the music over a disciplinary issue, Gladwin Shitolo and Nkosinathi Mthiyane are still in the treatment room for their respective injuries.
"Gyimah – on his tendon has a big problem. You know, the tendon doesn't have it's own blood circulation so any other contact can burst that maybe, which could be a problem so we'll see. Yesterday he trained and went back in the dressing room again," he added.
"Shitolo, which is the most painful [injury setback] for me at the moment, because we need more options in the midfield. He's on a good process, and hopefully after the [Kaizer] Chiefs game [on October 29] he will be ready for us.
"Mthiyane, the winger we got in the pre-season, unfortunately, is still out with a calf muscle [injury] – there's still a little bit of stiffness there but he's training now properly. Hopefully next week he'll start the ball sessions."