Maritzburg United central midfielder, Michael Morton, did not suffer a serious injury during last night's (November 27) Absa Premiership clash with Orlando Pirates. The 24-year-old pulled-up late in the second half with what appeared to be a hamstring strain after attempting a challenge with Andile Jali.
It initially looked like the player had suffered a strain as he lunged out to make an interception and then seemed to land awkwardly. Morton then hobbled off the pitch and it was unclear whether he would be fit to return. With Maritzburg chasing the game and with their qouta of substitutes already used, the Randburg-born star returned to the pitch for the final few minutes.
At the time concerns were raised he would further damage his injury if he had indeed suffered a hamstring pull, however as it turns out Morton was suffering more with cramp than anything else.
The player explained to the Siya crew that he was tired from the exertion of the game but felt his injury scare was not that serious. He said, "Ja, I think it's okay. Obviously with us playing two games so close together (Golden Arrows last Sunday, November 24) it's been tough. I think it's a bit of a cramp probably from overuse. I think the games we've had so close together have been pretty taxing on us."
News that Maritzburg's influential captain isn't seriously hurt will come as a boost to a club who are struggling a little bit of late. United's next test in the league comes in the form of Ajax Cape Town on December 6. The Team of Choice will no doubt be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering three defeats in a row in the PSL.
The action gets underway from 20h00 at Cape Town Stadium.