Update issued on Bucs' new signings


Orlando Pirates have issued an update on the status of four players, including two of their new signings, as they gear up for Wednesday evening's fixture.

Three players are definitely ruled out of tomorrow's DStv Premiership clash against Stellenbosch FC scheduled for 19h30 at Orlando Stadium, while another is doubtful.

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Full-back Wayde Jooste could miss his first match since joining Pirates earlier this month, with the 29-year-old set for a late fitness test ahead of their next encounter.

"New signing Wayde Jooste is expected to undergo a late fitness test to determine his availability for the home DStv Premiership clash against Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday evening," read a statement from the club.

"The full-back experienced a minor discomfort in his legs during Bucs’ one-all draw away to AmaZulu this past weekend.

"According to the medical team, the 29-year-old’s injury is not serious, but he will still have to undergo the necessary tests to determine his availability for the clash against the hard-running visitors from Cape Town."

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Meanwhile, fellow new signing Collins Makgaka will have to wait a while longer to get his first taste of action for the Soweto giants after suffering an eye injury in training.

"Collins Makgaka sustained an eye haematoma after an accidental clash during training. He has swelling on his left eye which has been treated over the last three days," continued the statement, which further added updates on Tshegofatsho Mabasa and Bongani Sam.

Mabasa is "currently undergoing rehabilitation for the next couple of weeks before he can return to training with the rest of the squad" while Sam "is expected to start training with the rest of the squad next week" after picking up a hamstring strain.

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