Cape Town City FC head coach Jan Olde Riekerink has provided an update on the injuries of three of his influential players Kermit Erasmus, Abbubaker Mobara and club captain Thamsanqa Mkhize.
The CT City coach was speaking to the media on Sunday afternoon after his side beat Bloemfontein Celtics 2-0 at the Athlone Stadium thanks to first half goals from Bradley Ralani and a cracker from Thabo Nodada.
“Kermit is close (to returning). He had a difficult injury, so we have to see it week by week and day by day if when he can join the rest of the squad at training. Hopefully it will be very soon,” said Riekerink.
The nippy forward sustained a hamstring muscle tear during the City’s 1-1 draw away to Maritzburg United at the end of January and was expected to out for 2-3 months.
Former Orlando Pirates utility player Abbubaker Mobara who suffered a torn ankle ligaments injury in September 2019 during the ‘Citizens’ 1-1 home draw against Golden Arrows, was a second half substitute for Christopher Davids, making his return for the Cape based side after a long injury lay off which saw him sit on the sidelines for the past 6 months.
“He [Mobara] give us options on the right-hand side, as Craig Martin is suspended in the next game with his 4th yellow.
“We also missed Thami [Thamsanqa Mkhize] today, also a big injury, “added Riekerink.
“They’re no easy injuries by kick, it’s more of a medical or a scientist who can tell us what he suffers from because those are not easy injuries.
“But I think Fragie lakay was excellent today. That was a big compliment for him,” concluded the City coach.
By Shane Matsoyane