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Downs Coach Tips "Unfortunate" Player To Come Back Strong

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has given an update on Erwin Saavedra, who has had a difficult start to life with the club. 

Saavedra joined Sundowns during the January transfer window and, after getting to play against Al Hilal and Baroka FC, he sustained an injury away to Al Merrikh on February 19. He has not played since then.

The Bolivian international, who has only made three appearances since joining Sundowns, is back in full training and the technical team will make a decision on whether or not to play him in the final two matches of the season against Royal AM in the DSTV Premiership and Marumo Gallants in the Nedbank Cup final. 

"On Saavedra, he is definitely going to play many matches for us. He was unfortunate. The injury that he got injured when we played Al Hilal. We all took it for granted. We thought he would recover very quickly, but it has taken a bit of time. He is back in full training now, but we are just worried because he has lost a lot of time in terms of training and we don't want to have him going back," Mngqithi told media at a press conference at Chloorkop on Thursday. 

"If he gets a chance to play in one of the last two matches, it will be good. But if he does not get a chance, it's not because he is still injured. He is okay now and he has started training with the team, but we are just not too sure at this stage whether it's going to be a good idea to try to rope him in and risk the potential of him going back when you have the chance of preparing him properly (for next season). He came to us without an injury, but we are optimistic he is going to play a lot of matches. Rest assured, we've got a very good player."

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