Stuart Baxter has offered an injury update ahead of Bafana Bafana’s clash with Burkina Faso, with Thulani Hlatshwayo being withdrawn and Andile Jali currently 50/50.
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Bafana were handed a double blow defensively as Erick Mathoho was given an extended ban by FIFA following his sending off in Cape Verde, while Thulani Hlatshwayo is battling with a knee injury that has forced him to withdraw.
Speaking to the media today, Baxter confirmed that Motjeka Madisha and Robyn Johannes of Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City respectively have been called up in their place.
He said, “Tower, as we know has received an extra game ban, so he’s unavailable. Tyson has been withdrawn because Wits have confirmed that he won’t be available. Madisha and Robyn Johannes will be their replacements.
“There are many opinions about who we can call up, and the call-ups may be based on the fact that our friendly has been cancelled. We’ll have an internal game for me to monitor all the players after the Burkina Faso game.”
Meanwhile, there are also minor injuries to Itumeleng Khune and Bradley Grobler that Baxter is looking to manage, while Jali will undergo an MRI after dislocating his shoulder playing for KV Oostende over the weekend.
Baxter explained, “Bradley Grobler has got a groin issue that we think is manageable, so he’ll do normal training.
“Andile Jali is a bit more of an issue because he dislocated his shoulder. We don’t know how severely, but we’ll be doing an MRI on him. He continued and finished the game for his team, but this is the third time this has happened and they’ve asked us if we can do an MRI to estimate the severity of the damage done this time. He’ll be in strapping and only running in straight lines this afternoon. We don’t know if he’s going to be fit or not.
“Itu, to a lesser extent, has also got a shoulder injury, but that’s one that we can manage we think.”
Bafana are training at 15h15 today and 11h00 tomorrow morning.