Pirates dealt midfield blow

Orlando Pirates have been dealt a blow in midfield ahead of their Absa Premiership clash against AmaZulu this evening.

Pirates take on Usuthu at the King Zwelithini Stadium tonight (19h30) in the hope of overcoming their recent slump that has seen them lose three matches on the trot.

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However, The Buccaneers have since confirmed that midfielder Ben Motshwari will play no part in the action, leaving caretaker coach Rhulani Mokwena with a touch decision to make.

The club confirmed in a statement released on Tuesday morning that "Motshwari has strained his knee and will not play any part in the clash against Usuthu."

The 28-year-old has been a  key figure alongside Musa Nyatama in The Bucs' midfield since his arrival from Bidvest Wits last season, and his absence could have an effect on the way the team is setup.

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This could be an opportunity for the likes of Xola Mlambo or Linda Mntambo to return to the side and earn a first appearance this season, while new signings Siphesihle Ndlovu and Fortune Makaringe are also capable of stepping in.

Motshwari, meanwhile, will be hoping to make a swift recovery in time for their do-or-die CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg tie at home to Zambia's Green Eagles over the weekend.

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