Mamelodi Sundowns injury update: Ngcongca, Soumahoro, Langerman, Laffor, Mashaba, Nascimento, Vilakazi
Posted: 2 December 2016 Time: 14:38
Mamelodi Sundowns have been boosted by news that defender Anele Ngcongca has fully recovered from his knee injury ahead of Saturday's visit of Free State Stars.
Ngcongca joined The Brazilians at the beginning of the season after terminating his contract with Belgian side Genk, but unfortunately suffered a knee injury within his first week of training at Chloorkop.
The 28-year-old, however, returned to full training on Thursday and coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his delight at having the former Bafana Bafana captain back in contention, while offering a further injury update on his squad.
"It's very good, it's the first time we have Anele back, with his boots on," revealed 'Jingles'. "And we have Bangaly [Soumahoro] back, so is 'Langa' [Tebogo Langerman], which is good."
Meanwhile, Downs will be without Anthony Laffor (twisted ankle), Mzikayise Mashaba (achilles) and Ricardo Nascimento (groin), with Sibusiso Vilakazi (ankle) doubtful at this stage.
"But Laffor is out; Mashaba is out – he just came back this guy; 'Vila' is a question mark, he's sitting there [on the side], we don't know how he's going to go through [his recovery]. Then Ricardo is also still out," he added.
With regards to their team travelling to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup, Sundowns are allowed only 23 registered players but Mosimane has confirmed that the entire squad will be departing on Monday, December 5.
Squad for Japan:
Kennedy Mweene, Denis Onyango, Wayne Sandilands.
Thabo Nthethe, Tebogo Langerman, Asavela Mbekile, Wayne Arendse, Thapelo Morena, Mzikayise Mashaba, Ricardo Nascimento, Siyanda Zwane, Bangaly Soumahoro.
Keagan Dolly, Hlompho Kekana, Teko Modise, Tiyani Mabunda, Lucky Mohomi, Themba Zwane, Anthony Laffor.
Sibusiso Vilakazi, Percy Tau, Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat.