Mamelodi Sundowns have been dealt a new blow regarding the return of striker Mauricio Affonso to action.
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Joint head coach Manqoba Mngqithi confirmed during a press conference that the Uruguayan forward, who signed for the Brazilians at the start of last season but played only a handful of matches due to a persistent injury, was still on the mend.
Affonso hasn’t featured for Downs since December 2019 in a league match against Bidvest Wits after an ankle injury ruled him out, forcing him to return to his native country for rehabilitation following an operation.
But with the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting life as we know it, Affonso then had more time to recuperate, though he was unable to travel back to Mzansi for the restart of the domestic league around September in the bio-bubble.
Mngqithi said that ankle is still troubling the striker.
“With Affonso it’s a little bit of a delicate issue. The medical team has brought him back into a moon boot, which means he still has another two to four weeks out of training – this ankle of his is still troubling him,” the coach explained.
“We are working around the clock to make sure he gets back. It is one area we feel we need to strengthen with a player like (Gift) Motupa being out injured and (Sibusiso Vilakazi) Vila coming out of injury. Then now we have Affonso not coming in, you are reliant on Kermit (Erasmus) and Peter (Shalulile) and (Keletso) Makgalwa, which makes us look a little bit thin in attack. But we are hoping to get all of them back soon.”
Despite his injury woes, Affonso is set to stay at Chloorkop, but a few on this list have left, while others will know their fate before the window slams shut next week!