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Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen says Kagisho Dikgacoi's making progress from knee operation

Posted: 17 February 2017 Time: 12:13

Golden Arrows midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is closing in on a return after undergoing a knee operation in December.

Dikgacoi has only made four starts and two substitute appearances for Arrows since reuniting with the club in the off-season following a lengthy spell abroad.

Coach Clinton Larsen has explained why 'KG' has featured fleetingly in his second spell with the Durban-based outfit.

"KG had an operation, a lot of people don't know this. In December he had to clean his knee out," says Larsen.

"He didn't train for four weeks so he came back early in January and he started a mini pre-season. We are still working on his fitness but he's fine, he's training well, attitude has been great.

"And when we feel the time is right against the right opponent he'll get his opportunity," he adds of the former Fulham man.

Meanwhile, Larsen is relieved that Nkosinathi Mthiyane has filled the void at left-back as Lehlohonolo Nonyane continues to recover from a groin strain, while he is also impressed with the impact of fellow new signing Knox Mutiza.

The recruits combined effectively in the team's 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend, as Mutizwa nodded home a cross from Mthiyane for his first goal for Abafana Bes'thende.

"Mthiyane, in particular, has really solved a major problem for us at left-back. We tried [Wayde] Jooste there, we tried [Clifton] Miheso, we tried so many players," says Larsen.

"Finally we got somebody that has plugged this hole while Nonyane is out. And as for Mutizwa, I said it from day one, Knox is the type of player who's very, very composed, very deceptive in the air.

"You see he won every single header against the big [Alfred] Ndengane, so he's very deceptive aerially. He took his goal so well and he's going to be a really big asset for us in the second round."

Mid-table Arrows will host struggling Free State Stars at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday (15h30).

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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