Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk is inching closer to her return from an injury that has kept her out of action for months.
The 33-year-old has been out of action for almost five months with a knee injury. Van Wyk picked up the injury at the beginning of October last year and she has been undergoing rehabilitation at her home in Johannesburg.
The injury came at a very bad time for the former Moroka Swallows defender who had just joined Scottish giants Glasgow City in July last year after being a free agent for six months having left Danish top flight side Fortuna Hjorring in January 2020.
Van Wyk released a statement announcing that after months of working hard to return to action she is nearing her return to action.
“Excited to mention that after a lengthy recovery process, I’m close to being ready to take the field again and do what I love the most, play football,” read the statement.
She continued to explain how difficult the past few months have been for her and how perseverance was important. “It definitely hasn’t been an easy task. All athletes know how physically exhausting it is to get your body in the best shape possible to perform at the level the sport demands of you after a long-term injury.
“I wouldn’t be nearly as ready as I Am without the incredible support I’ve received throughout this difficult journey from my family, friends and medical team who contributed enormously to get me back fit and strong as can be at this stage.
“Today I prepare to get back to Scotland to join my club, Glasgow City for the second part of the season that I’m thoroughly looking forward to be part of.”
Glasgow City currently sit second on the log with 18 points from the seven league games played in Scottish Women Premier League.
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