Pirates provide injury update


Qalinge was one of Bucs' star performers in the beginning of the season, scoring three times in 14 appearances in all competitions.

However, a groin problem derailed his progress, with him last playing in a 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic on November 26, 2017. 

Qalinge, Mpho Makola, Abbubaker Mobara, Diamond Thopola and Gladwin Shitolo are all nursing knocks, but the Sea Robbers fortunately have a break in action after playing three matches in seven days.

Milutin Sredojevic's men next visit Chippa United in the league at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 25.

Pirates released a statement on their website, which reads: 'Diamond Thopola: Suffered a quad strain in the Nedbank Cup match against Ajax Cape Town. He is currently receiving treatment and will continue to undergo physiotherapy for the next couple of days.

'Gladwin Shitolo: Aggravated an ankle injury in the 2-0 win over Ajax and is also receiving treatment.

'Mpho Makola: Will start running today to assess his readiness before being cleared to undergo full training. Makola has been out for over a week since injuring his back in the league match against the Urban Warriors.

'Thabo Qalinge: Good news for Qalinge and The Ghost is that he is one step closer to making full recovery following his clearance from physio. He has since been given the green light to start his strength and conditioning programme.

'Abbubaker Mobara: Mobara is nearing full recovery from his groin injury. He is still experiencing some level of discomfort and pain. The Bucs medical team will continue to assess his situation.'

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