Mamelodi Sundowns could the biggest winners of the nationwide lockdown with the positive news coming out of Chloorkop.
The club’s Uruguayan striker Mauricio Affonso was ruled out for the rest of the season before the 2019/20 season was suspended, but has now made a swift recovery and may very well be available for Downs should football return.
“It’s going well. It’s been three months since the operation and thankfully that had gone well. I did it at the right time because I was dragging these pains in my ankle and it wasn’t allowing me to play at my best,” Affonso was quoted on the club’s website.
“I must say this lockdown has allowed me to heal properly and relax a bit. And also not be so anxious because if you are busy with rehabilitation and you see the football continuing around the world and Sundowns carrying on, the anxiety can make you want to play before you are ready but thankfully this wasn’t the case.”
Affonso has been recovering at home in Uruguay.
“I’ve been recovering well and just taking it day by day. To be honest, with these long injuries you have to be patient. But thankfully I’ve been feeling good and working well with the physiotherapist here in Uruguay,” he explained.
“Obviously I am just waiting like everyone for everything to go back to normal with this COVID situation. I am also excited to travel back to SA to see the team and train again with them. The time I’ve spent with the team has been great.”
He scored six goals in 14 matches before his knee surgery and will be hoping to give them a boost in the Absa Premiership title race with log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
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