Brugge hopeful of Elrio recovery

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The Bafana Bafana midfielder, who turned in impressive performances at the African Nations Cup finals in Ghana earlier this year, suffered a serious knee injury in a clash with his own goalkeeper in training in April, necessitating an operation and a lengthy period of rehabilitation.

Van Heerden missed the end of the last Belgian season, where Brugge had a major drop in form plus their appearance in the Belgian Cup final, where they lost to Anderlecht.

His absence was also notable for Bafana Bafana as they struggled through four World Cup qualifiers in June.

Even though Club Brugge only begin pre-season training on Monday, Van Heerden has returned from his holidays in Port Elizabeth to Brugge to continue his rehabilitation.

His programme now extends to running, although any contact in training is not expected until just before the Belgian season starts in mid-August.

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