Magubane escapes serious injury
Posted: 14 August 2017 Time: 12:39
Lamontville Golden Arrows have revealed Siphelele Magubane's head injury is not as bad as first feared, although he will miss the opening weekend of the new Absa Premiership season.
Magubane lasted just 21 minutes of Friday’s MTN8 quarter-final defeat to Bidvest Wits after suffering a concussion following a high boot from Bidvest Wits' Serbian defender Slavko Damjanovic, who was subsequently sent off for the challenge.
Magubane, 24, had already made an impact in Arrows’ opener against Wits this weekend when he supplied a pin-point cross for Lerato Lamola to nod home, before needing to be taken off injured.
The game turned even uglier as more red cards followed, with Arrows right-back Siyabonga Dube also sent off after he head-butted Gabadinho Mhango.
Both club coaches, including Clinton Larsen's assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi, were ordered to the stands after the game finished 2-2, but Gavin Hunt's side held their nerve to eventually claim a 4-3 penalty shootout victory.
“It's a minor concussion and we need him [Magubane] to rest and he can't play against Ajax Cape Town [on Saturday] because we’re taking precautions,” Arrows CEO Gordon Masondo tells KickOff.com.
“We'll monitor him and we are taking a very strong precaution. We thank God because he's not badly injured.”
With Larsen and Ncikazi set to watch Saturday’s visit to Cape Town from the stands, goalkeeper coach Milton Nienov will continue leading the team, having done so for the remainder of Friday’s MTN8 defeat.