Orlando Pirates have confirmed that the team has been dealt a blow with an injury to one of the club's key players
Thembinkosi Lorch has been one of the influential and consistent players for Bucs this season. The Buccaneers have confirmed that the 24-year-old picked up an injury during the match against AmaZulu on the weekend.
“The Orlando Pirates technical team have suffered a major setback for their remaining three Absa Premiership matches with one of their star players Thembinkosi Lorch having suffered an injury setback. Lorch who has been one of the key players in Pirates’ run of 2018, was substituted at half-time in the 2-1 win away to AmaZulu after suffering a shoulder injury,” Bucs confirmed on the club’s official website.
“The 24-year old will see a specialist to determine the full extent of the injury. Lorch suffered a similar injury last year in Pirates’ goalless (draw) with Highlands Park, ironically, on April 15 - the same day of his recent injury. Last year, Lorch was forced to undergo surgery and as a result, he missed the remainder of the season. Orlandopiratesfc.com will provide further details in due course,” confirmed the club.
Meanwhile, in other injury news, fullback Mthokozisi Dube is nearing full fitness after undergoing treatment for his injury. Dube will be monitored for the next couple of days before being cleared to train fully with the rest of the team.
Rest of the Injuries:
Thabo Matlaba (Achilles)
Thabiso Kutumela (Ankle)
Cleared to train:
Wayne Sandilands (Finger)
On the Reserves side:
Thabiso Monyane is undergoing treatment on his hamstring. The positive news for the speedy attacker is that there were no signs of pain following his latest battery of tests. He is currently working on reducing the stiffness in the muscle and getting back to a comfortable running pattern. He will be assessed once again at the end of the week.
Leading SAB marksman, Zakhele Lepasa, who has been out for two games following a knock to his knee has progressed in his recovery. His kicking and stability has increased, and there is no pain in his running. He underwent a manual muscle test with minimal pain and no laxity of his knee ligaments. A good sign as the SAB side chases down the title with three games to go.
Saketso Moremi, sustained an ankle injury in the Multichoice Diski Shield match against Bidvest Wits, after taking a knock on the medial side of his talus bone. The swelling has since reduced on his bone and ligaments and he now has a full range of motion with slight pain when stepping. He has started jogging and will resume light training with the rest of the team during the week.