Orlando Pirates: Bucs camp rocked with injuries to add to Zinnbauer’s woes

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Orlando Pirates have confirmed that yet another star player will be sidelined with a quad injury to add to their ongoing injury woes.

Since lifting the MTN8 title in December 2020, Orlando Pirates have picked up just two wins in six DStv Premiership clashes. Adding to their woes, the Buccaneers have also been rocked with a number of injuries during recent weeks.

There are no less than five key injuries in the Buccaneers camp with Gabadinho Mhango returning to the injuries list following this week’s goalless draw against Golden Arrows.

Orlando Pirates camp rocked by injuries

Orlando Pirates confirmed that Gabadinho Mhango, Paseka Mako, Zakhele Lepasa, Abel Mabaso and Tshegofatso Mabasa all remain out with injuries.

“The first team has been dealt a blow ahead of their DStv Premiership clash against Maritzburg United with Gabadinho Mhango ruled out of the match due to injury.” an Orlando Pirates injury report read.

“According to the Bucs medical team, the Malawian international picked up a quad strain in the goalless draw against Golden Arrows on Wednesday and is expected out for up to two weeks. Mhango joins an ever-growing list of injuries in the team which now increases to five players.”

Injury report in full

  • Tshegofatso Mabasa (foot): Continues to undergo rehabilitation with the strength and conditioning team. Expected time to return to full training at Orlando Pirates: 3-4 weeks.
  • Abel Mabaso (ulna): Removed cast earlier this week and has started to begin range movement and strength exercises. Expected time to return to full training: 4+ weeks.
  • Zakhele Lepasa (ankle): Undergoing rehabilitation with the strength and conditioning team. Expected time to return to full training at Orlando Pirates: 4+ weeks.
  • Paseka Mako (knee): Continues with rehabilitation. Expected time to return to full training: 1-2 weeks.

Orlando Pirates are in action tomorrow evening when they visit Ernst Middendorp’s struggling Maritzburg United in a DStv Premiership clash.

The Buccaneers will be desperate to earn a victory after dropping points twice in their last three games. Making their task all the more difficult will be the fact that no less than five star players will be missing through injury.

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