I never thought it would take so long to recover – Mendes

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Black Leopards number one goalkeeper Jonas Mendes is closer to full recovery following his fractured ankle injury during the Nedbank Cup match against North West University in February.

The Guinea-Bissau international was ruled out until end of this month but the recent forced-break will also come as a relief for him and the club.

Speaking to FARPost, the 30-year-old admitted the recovery process has been a difficult one.

“My recovery is going well. I must be able to recover within the period established by the doctors and I started physiotherapy today so I am feeling well,” he said.

“Well, when we are injured things are difficult enough. Seeing our team playing and not being able to help costs a lot so this period was very difficult for me but everything will return to normal,” he said.

“At the beginning of my injury I never thought it would take so long to be able to recover.  After realizing that I was not going to recover as fast as I thought, I started taking it one day at a time and trying to comply with the doctors’ recommendations,” he added.

The five-time Guinea Bissau Player of the Year also had a message to the Lidoda Duvha supporters during the uncertain times of COVID-19.

“In fact, I was already quarantined because of my situation, so I just had continue.  It is very important that we follow the guidelines given by the national health system so that we can together overcome this new pandemic.  Staying at home right now is the best thing to do, because I am sure that we will come back stronger,” he said.

Good news for Leopards is that second choice keeper King Ndlovu has also recovered from an ankle injury and will be ready for training as soon as the League programme resumes.

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By Ofhani Munyai 

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