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Downs Star Details Long, Frustrating Road To Recovery

Mamelodi Sundowns star Lebogang Maboe has opened up about his struggles on the sidelines as he works his way back from a long-term injury.

The last time Sundowns fans got to see the 27-year-old don the famous yellow jersey was in the 2020/21 season where he featured for 82 minutes in a 3-0 win over Cape Town City.

Since then, Maboe has been on the sidelines where he has been on a long but steady road to recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that upon initial prognosis, would take between six to nine months to make a full recovery.

Now, Maboe has opened up on his journey and the struggles he faces as he looks to return to the field of play.

“It’s really not easy having to deal with a long-term injury, [going] from being active your whole life, preparing for camps and for games to just sitting at home and watching the team play. You always wanna be involved in the sessions and in the games,” Maboe told Sundowns’ official website.

Despite the frustration that comes with having a long-term injury, Maboe is making steady progress and has started jogging already.

“I know I am usually an impatient person but with this injury I have learned to be patient, I’ve had to pace myself. I’ve also had to keep myself sane by reading books, by watching documentaries on some of the sports people who have been through the same injury as me – just seeing how their journeys have been, made me realise that I am going to be okay.”

“I am just so grateful to God that after struggling for so long, I can walk again, I can jog. I’m just glad that I’ve been able to enjoy the journey and I can’t wait to join the team again and be back doing what I love. I know that all the tension is really going to produce greatness out of me,” he added.

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