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Swallows Suffer Scare With 7 At Risk For Bucs Clash

Swallows coach Brandon Truter has confirmed to the Siya crew that his team is resembling a hospital ward with several key players out and possibly going into their clash against Orlando Pirates on Saturday without a left back.

The Dube Birds return to DStv Premiership action after the international break and this is a big blow for Swallows in their attempts to cause yet another upset after dumping the Buccaneers out of the MTN8 competition last month.

Josef Zinnbauer resigned from his position as Pirates coach a few days after that 2-1 defeat at Orlando Stadium, with Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi taking over as co-coaches.

“It’s going to be a different and difficult game, but we also have had our own in-house challenges as far as health and injuries are concerned,” Truter said.

“My injury list has Virgil Vries, Thabo Matlaba, Yagan Sasman, Wandisile Letlabika, Keletso Makgalwa, Lebohang Mokoena, and Tebogo Langerman – that’s a long list, with no left backs. The medical team is working around the clock to get them fit. Out of that list, two are definitely not available. But we are Swallows and we will go there with arrogance and play on the front foot all the time. And we also have to prepare someone to play left back this weekend.”  

Truter said one of the reasons why he was so eager to get to the FIFA break was due to their congested fixture schedule even if it’s early days.

“Leading up to the international break, I was one of the coaches that actually welcomed it because of the amount of games we played before – three games in eight days. The amount of travelling we did as well, which came with injuries from the last game against Cape Town City. There’s been some health scares with international duty for Virgil Vries and we also have Wandisile Letlabika back, sort of, but then again Cheeseboy (Mokoena) is still a doubt from the injury he picked up against AmaZulu. It’s a long list of injuries that we have, but we will be competitive with what’s available to us,” the coach added.

Story by @superjourno

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