Pirates coach gives Lorch update


Orlando Pirates' star midfield Thembinkosi Lorch has been absent from his side's last four games and coach Josef Zinnbauer has provided an update on his status.

Lorch last featured for Pirates in their 1-1 DStv Premiership stalemate with SuperSport United exactly a month ago, before he was taken off less than 30 minutes into the encounter.

The diminutive attacker has since missed out their Nedbank Cup win over Maritzburg United, league wins over Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United, as well as the recent Soweto Derby defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.

With the FIFA international break affording Zinnbauer a chance to recoup his charges, he is hoping 'Nyoso' will be available for re-selection in their next encounter away to Al-Hilal in the CAF Confederation Cup next Friday, April 2.

"The information I get from Lorch, after I spoke to him, it was not possible for him to have been on the bench," the German tactician told the media.

"He have always pain and it's too much, the risk was too high if he played. Now the medical team has said after the FIFA break we can plan with him.

"I think he'll be available then and I hope he's not the only one and we can get some more players back."

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