Stellenbosch FC have suffered a major blow in their relegation battle as their hitman Iqraam Rayners has sustained an injury which would rule him out of action for 8 weeks.
The injury occurred during Stellies 2-0 loss to Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium over the weekend in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash.
“Rayners is now injured, he is out for about 6-8 weeks, possibly longer, a fracture in the bone, which is always a tender one, so we may possibly have to consider now maybe bringing in or looking for a replacement just in case he doesn’t play too many games in the next half,” said Stellenbosch head coach, Steve Barker.
In the three PSL games Stellies have won, Rayners was directly involved in two of them, scoring the only goal of the match when his side shocked Orlando Pirates 1-0 on October 26 at Cape Town Stadium and also found the back of the net when Western Cape-based side beat Polokwane City 2-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium, on October 2 to register their first victory in the 2019/20 PSL season.
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As much as Rayners has proven to be a prolific goal scorer, he was playing as a right-back when Stellies signed him on a free transfer from Santos back in 2014.
The 24-year-old’a presence on the pitch will be missed as he has featured for Stellies in 15 PSL games so far, scoring on three occasions and being the provider twice.
Rayners has formed a deadly partnership with Waseem Isaacs in front as the duo have 9 goals between them.
Rayners was one of the key players that helped Stellies win the 2018/19 National First Division (NFD), now Glad Africa Championship, to promotion to the PSL.
He scored an impressive 19 goals in 30 matches and walked away with the NFD Top Goal Scorer’s Award.
Barker is positive that their newly signed Zimbabwean international Ovidy Karuru will add value into his struggling side.
“We’ve got Karuru, adds value, experience, he is an international player, we need that.”
Stellenbosch are currently occupy position 15 on the PSL log and their next PSL encounter is against Bloemfontein Celtic tomorrow at the Cape Town Stadium.
By FARPost Reporter