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‘I’m Not The Guy Who Asks Players To Take Injections’  

Benni McCarthy – the head coach of Cape Town City has provided latest information on Thamsanqa Mkhize’s injury. 

Mkhize is recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against AmaZulu prior to the international break.

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The injury also resulted in the right-back withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad that played against Mali in the Nelson Mandela Challenge recently. 

Against Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout on the weekend, Craig Martin played at right-back, while Thabo Nodada captained the Mother City outfit. 

“I think he has a bruised ankle. He could have probably played today but he would have been out for another two months. I’m not the guy who asks players to take injections and painkillers just to play. I think you watched Craig Martin perform. That’s why you make decisions. I don’t think he was the worst player on the pitch,” said McCarthy, after the match on Saturday. 

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“I decided not to risk Thami because he hasn’t trained since he got injured in the AmaZulu game and that was before the international break. So, he pulled out and on Thursday (last week) – the day after the media day – it was the first training session he had because, of course, he didn’t want to let the team down. He’s the captain and he wants to make effort but I couldn’t risk like that and that’s why Mkhize wasn’t involved,” the coach told the media.  

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