Black Leopards have been dealt a huge blow with news that both their number one goalkeeper Jonas Mendes and second choice King Ndlovu have been ruled out for up to 2 months.
Mendes was taken off in the 54th minute of their 4-0 win over North West University in the Nedbank Cup match at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday due to a fractured ankle.
Ndlovu also picked up a similar injury at training and both have been ruled out for a minimum of 6 weeks.
Coach Alan Clark confirmed to FARPost.co.za that the pair will be out until April.
“It’s always worrisome to have injured players I don’t think any coach wants to have players that are injured and you always want to have your best players on the field,” he said.
“You never want a human being in pain and you never want them injured, so yes it’s worrisome but there is little I can do about it. On Mendes it does look like a fracture and he will be out for an extended period maybe 6 weeks onwards,” added Clark.
“King is also out he also has a fracture and a ligament damage as well, two similar injuries with the boots sticking in the ground and obviously causing damage so 2 of our front lime goalkeepers are injured.”
Lidoda Duvha who are desperate to move away from the relegation zone are now left with 2 available goalkeepers.
Rotshidzwa Muleka is expected to be in goals when Leopards take on Orlando Pirates at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday while fourth choice keeper Rendani Maduwa will make the bench for the first time this season.
By Ofhani Munyai