The FIFA international break has aided Orlando Pirates in more ways than one as they work on issues both on and off the pitch.
Many football fanatics typically dread the 10-day international window during which national teams take centre-stage, because club football is often deemed more exhilarating.
However, Pirates fans will attest that the September break could not have come at a more opportune time, given the club’s eerie form of late, having gone six matches without a win.
This, in fact, is also the case for the club’s medical team, who have used the time to work around the clock in trying to boost coach Rhulani Mokwena’s chances of selecting his strongest possible side as they look to bounce back from elimination in two competitions.
“We have a very competent strength and conditioning team and we have been making incredible progress towards rehabilitating our injured players,” said The Buccaneers physiotherapist John Williams on the club’s official website.
“Of course, the FIFA break has helped in the sense that the risk of further injuries decreases because, barring one or two friendly matches, the physical demand on the players is reduced.
“We are confident that we will be in a position to declare some, if not all, of the players medically cleared and ready to start training with the rest of the squad by the time the league resumes.”
Those working their way back from injury include midfield contingent Luvuyo Memela, Ben Motshwari (both ankle) and Vincent Pule (thigh).