Wits hit with early disruption
Posted: 21 August 2018 Time: 14:30
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has explained the absence of striker Gift Motupa and confirmed several long-term injuries to key players in his squad.
The Clever Boys are experiencing a bit of déjà vu, having suffered injury blows to a number of their key players at this early stage of the new season.
While the current Absa Premiership standings might have suggested their resurgence following a disastrous 2017/18 league campaign, old issues have begun to creep in once again.
Motupa was a notable absentee from Wits’ 1-0 defeat to SuperSport United over the weekend, and Hunt has since explained that the former Orlando Pirates attacker pulled out through injury less than 24 hours before kick-off.
“We’re thin, we don’t have enough. Motupa pulled his back out [on Friday] night, he called me at 11pm and said he can’t move and he went to hospital,” Hunt revealed.
“So, you know, he was in the team and it was disappointing [to lose him] because he would have given us power and a little bit of something there up front.”
Haashim Domingo was drafted into the team as a result, as he made his full debut for the Milpark-based outfit, but Hunt still feels the 22-year-old lacks a bit of fitness, before declaring that the likes of Daylon Claasen and Granwald Scott are set for lengthy spells on the sidelines.
“Haashim is not fit enough yet to play 90 minutes, but you could see as the game went on. He started well, a couple of good touches here and there and half-chances, but it was certainly not good enough,” he added.
“We’re struggling, we’ve got two midfield players. Claasen’s out for three or four months. Scott’s out for three or four months, so we’ve got a problem there.”