Mamelodi Sundowns are monitoring two key players they are hoping to be fully fit ahead of their Absa Premiership encounter at home against Orlando Pirates at Loftus Stadium on Tuesday night.
Both Themba Zwane and Gaston Sirino sat out yesterday’s Nedbank Cup quarterfinal game away to Highlands Park in Tembisa, which Downs won 1-0 in extra time to progress to the last four of the domestic competition.
Coach Pitso Mosimane had said that the two players suffered knocks last week when they travelled to face Stellenbosch FC in the league, another match they narrowly won after Zwane’s solitary goal.
Andile Jali was also rested on Saturday evening because he has three yellow cards and Mosimane confirmed he did not want to risk being without his star midfielder when they face an in-form Pirates side.
“It’s important that they recover because both of them have got a hamstring injury and we can never say they are available until Monday, or Tuesday morning,” Mosimane told journalists.
“We will see how it goes and we will inform you. We struggled to have our combination plays without them, you could see. But at the end of the day we went through – it’s a cup game.”
On Jali, the coach explained: “We rested AJ because he is on three yellow cards we need him against Pirates and we felt (Tiyani) Mabunda can do the job, he is experienced.”