Update issued on Lorch's absence


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has provided an update on star attacker Thembinkosi Lorch after he missed a second successive game.

Lorch has missed Pirates' last two matches – both having ended in victory – after he picked up an injury early on in their DStv Premiership draw with SuperSport United last month.

The 27-year-old former PSL Footballer of the Season was withdrawn from the match after just 28 minutes and has since missed the Nedbank Cup last 16 win over Maritzburg United at the weekend and the league win over Bloemfontein Celtic last night.

Zinnbauer has since provided a positive update on the playmaker, who he believes could be back in the line-up for this weekend's trip to face Chippa United.

"Lorch is on a good way, he has been working very well in the training sessions. We have to see now in the next two days what's happening with him," the German said in his virtual press conference after the match.

"I hope we get him back on Saturday, I have a good feeling in terms of him."

Zinnbauer also explained the absence of midfielder Nkanyiso Zungu, who was omitted from the match day squad on Wednesday evening.

"Zungu yesterday [Monday] fell on his arm and he had a swollen arm. He had light training today [Tuesday] but it was not enough for the game," he added.

"Tomorrow [Wednesday] maybe he can go forward and might be available for Saturday."

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