Khune, Tyson a concern for Bafana
Posted: 6 November 2017 Time: 16:15
Bafana Bafana will get feedback on the extent of Itumeleng Khune’s injury on Tuesday morning, while captain Thulani Hlatshwayo’s toe problem is being monitored by the medical team.
Bafana arrived in Polokwane on Monday to start preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier to be played at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday, but not the entire squad were part of the team.
Andile Jali, Lebogang Manyama, Keagan Dolly, Dino Ndlovu and Thulani Serero are expected to arrive on Tuesday.
Kaizer Chiefs players Siphiwe Tshabalala, Mulomowandau Mathoho and Khune, who fractured a bone in his face when he collided with Chippa United’s Kurt Lentjies in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal game on Sunday, are also expected to join the team on Tuesday morning.
Team doctor Thulani Ngwenya gave an update on the injuries in the squad during a press conference in Polokwane on Monday.
“We have done our pre-camp assessment as we normally do. Most of our players are fine. We just have two players that are a concern,” he said.
“The first one is our captain Thulani (bruised toe). We are hopeful he will be ready for the game. Itu collided with Lentjies and he was rushed off to the emegency room. The scan confirmed that there was a fracture to the facial bones. We are expecting Itu to see a specialist. He is seeing a doctor tomorrow morning to confirm the extent of the injury. We will get proper feedback.”
Bafana coach Stuart Baxter said the priority for the team doctor is to concentrate on Khune, who showed how much the team needs him with a fantastic performance in the 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso at FNB Stadium last month.
“We have 18 players here today. Of the delays, there’s about four or five that we thought would be here by now. We have to get players from Europe as quick as possible. There’s a couple that have had delays and cancellations,” said Baxter.
“Itu is the big issue the doctor is concentrating on now.”