France-based duo returns to full training


Two Bafana Bafana stars are nearing a return to action after resuming full training with their respective clubs in France.

South Africa was hit with a bombshell when it was announced that both Lebo Mothiba and Lebogang Phiri underwent surgery and will therefore be out of action for at least five months.

Mothiba had a recurring knee injury problem that he sustained 18 months ago and always had his knee strapped throughout the 2019/20 season.

RC Strasbourg took a decision to have the knee fixed and the striker had to be out of action for five months while working on his return.

The 24-year-old forward has resumed full training in France and is expected to be back in Thierry Laurey’s match day squad in the coming two weeks. Strasbourg has struggled for consistent goal scorers and the return of the South African will be a welcomed boost.

The team currently sits in 13th place on the Ligue 1 table with 23 points from 20 games.

On the other hand, Phiri is also back in full training for EA Guingamp as he also nears his return to the match day squad in the next two weeks. Phiri picked up a knee injury while in pre-season preparing for the 2020/21 season with the Ligue 2 side.

The former Brondby star was expected to leave the club with offers from Ligue 1 and Spain on the table, but due to the injury he had to stay put with Guingamp where his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Since joining the French outfit in 2017, Phiri has made 71 league appearances for the club scoring once. His return will be a big boost for Guingamp who are currently 14th on the log with 21 points from 20 games.

The 26-year-old had become one of the key figures in the team before the injury blow.

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By Prince Sobayeni 

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