South African striker Siyabonga Ligendza is recovering well in Cardiff.
The 18-year-old suffered a gruesome leg injury in June, but he is making a lot of progress after starting to walk without crutches this week.
FARPost caught up with the teenager who said he is very pleased with the progress he has made in the last few weeks.
“It wasn’t easy at the beginning, but immediately when I returned to Cardiff, the club showed me a lot of support to make sure that I’m put into a good recovery programme.
“I just have to go remove the spring in my leg then it’s all systems go I can focus on the rest of the recovery process. The injury has never affected me mentally because I knew that it’s part of the game so I must just persevere and it will pass.”
Despite the set back, Cardiff gave the youngster a contract extension and he has set his sights on making his first team debut before the end of this season.
“I want to make my senior debut this season so I’m not deterred by the injury, in fact I’m more motivated to achieve this goal. Even before the injury, this is what I wanted to achieve.”
Last season, the forward scored 15 goals for Cardiff’s U18 development side. He has been fully promoted to the club’s reserve team ahead of the new campaign.
Born in England to a South African mother and a German father, Ligendza moved to Wales at a very young age. He has been capped by England and Wales at youth level, but is yet to represent both Germany and South Africa.
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By FARPost reporter