The recurring metatarsal injury to Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo has left the Bucs medical team in a difficult situation, as the team continue their preparations for the second leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals.
It was revealed that the 22-year-old had suffered a broken metatarsal bone in his right foot, which kept him on the sidelines for several weeks.
Bibo returned to the Bucs line-up in time to face Mpumalanga Black Aces in the Telkom Knockout to help the side in their 3-1 win at the Mbombela Stadium. However, Bibo was forced to leave the field due to the injury recurring once again.
Metatarsal fractures have been one of the most common foot injuries in the sports world in the last few years. For walking and running purposes, the five metatarsal bones in each foot act like a rigid lever which increases and decreases momentum when moving. For support purposes, they act like a flexible structure that aids balance, in essence holding the entire body up.
Bucs’ medical team now face the difficult task of getting the talented young midfielder back to full fitness, as the team resume their CAF Champions League campaign against Tunisian side Esperance, on October 19.
Pirates' Public Relations Officer, Mickey Modisane, told the Siya crew that the metatarsal injury is a concern for the player and that the club would only know the length of his injury lay-off at a later stage.
Modisane told Soccer-Laduma, “Bibo’s metatarsal injury is difficult to deal with. We do not have the full report yet, so we will be able to understand the length of the injury soon. We cannot say for sure how long he will be out, but it will be tough to get him back soon.”