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Wits suffer Hlatshwayo blow

Posted: 29 September 2017 Time: 15:15

Bidvest Wits skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo has been ruled out of the Absa Premiership clash with Bloemfontein Celtic after failing his latest fitness test.

Hlatshwayo pulled out of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates with complaints of knee discomfort on the morning of the match, according to coach Gavin Hunt.

The Bafana Bafana captain hurt his knee after landing awkwardly in their 3-0 defeat to AmaZulu last week, and now joins Darren Keet and Buhle Mkhwanazi on the sidelines.

Hunt confirmed that the powerful centre-back will miss this weekend's trip to the Free State, adding that he could possibly miss out on national team duty too.

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“The squad is thin, there’s a lot of injuries. ‘Tyson' is not back and it doesn’t look like he’ll be going to Bafana either,” Hunt tells KickOff.com.

Hlatshwayo recently underwent tests to establish the full extent of the injury, but Wits physiotherapist Nick Brink says they have struggled to pinpoint the source of the pain.

“It’s difficult to tell [what the extent of Hlatshwayo’s injury is] at this point in time. We’ve done investigations and we can’t pick anything up, but he’s still struggling,” confirms Brink.

“His pain is coming from behind his knee. The best way to describe it would be a strain at this stage. The MRI scan didn’t pick up anything major, but he was fitness tested today and he wasn’t right.”

Brink was unable to confirm whether the 27-year-old would be ruled out for Bafana, and expects the player to undergo further assessments with the national team medical staff next week.

The Clever Boys face Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon (15h00), with Bafana set to assemble in Johannesburg on Monday ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso next Saturday.

Article by: Chad Klate

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