Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer is optimistic that influential winger Thembinkosi Lorch could make his much-anticipated return from an injury following the international break.
Lorch has endured a stop-start 2020/21 campaign with several injuries, the latest of which has sidelined him since February.
‘The Buccaneers’ suffered a 1-0 defeat to rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the 100th league game between the two Soweto giants at FNB Stadium on Sunday without Lorch on the pitch.
“The information I got after I spoke with him on Friday after training, it was not possible for him to be in the matchday squad for the Soweto Derby, he was in pain and the risk was too high if he had played and the medical team said after the Fifa break we can plan with him,” said Zinnbauer.
“I think he will be available, and I hope he is not the only one as we need to get more players back (from injury).
“We will get more players back after the break, [Terrence] Dzvukamanja as well, we have some players back, but they can’t play 90 minutes as yet, now we have a break and we will come back stronger with more players,” added the German coach.
The 27-year-old has been one of the most prominent players at Pirates over the last few seasons which has seen his profile grow not only in the country but across the continent. This season, he has managed four goals and five assists in 18 matches in all competitions helping the club win their first trophy in six years – the MTN8 title.
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