Further boost for 'Downs in quadruple chase


Mamelodi Sundowns will get a further boost to their quadruple hopes with the return of the South American pair of Gaston Sirino and Erwin Saavedra when club football resumes next month.

Sirino has had diluted influence this season putting in a single 90-minute shift through the 13 appearances that he has made with a return of a single goal.

The Uruguayan has not been involved in 23 matches across all competitions for Sundowns this season as he deals with a sizeable amount of injury disruptions for the second season in a row.

Sirino has missed the last eight games for Sundowns after coming out with nasal fracture during the 1-0 CAF Champions League victory over Al Hilal last month.

Then as he worked his way back to fitness, he suffered a calf injury during a friendly match but is now expected to be available for selection after the FIFA calendar week.

January transfer window signing Saavedra has also closed in on his return.

The Bolivian has only featured thrice since arriving from Bolivia with his last appearance having come against Al Merreikh last month when he went out with a muscle strain.

He has not been involved in the last six games.

His injury has meant he also misses out on international duty in games against Brazil and Colombia.

Upon their return to action Sundowns will play their dead rubber CAF Champions League match against Al Merreikh while seeking to seal the domestic title.

They will also have Nedbank Cup commitments with a quarterfinal date against Summerfield Dynamos.

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