Head of medical at Ajax Cape Town, Jantho Greyling, has given injury updates on the following First Team players: Tashreeq Morris Ndiviwe Mdabuka, Rivaldo Coetzee, Nathan Paulse and Mosa Lebusa.
The Urban Warriors take on Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening, with the club sweating on the fitness of Mdabuka and Paulse.
Moreover, defensive-duo Coetzee and Lebusa have returned to full fitness, but Morris will play no part in the Absa Premiership clash as he has been ruled out of action for the next couple of weeks:
“Tashreeq Morris, he has a chronic osteitis pubis injury which he has been struggling with, struggling with for quite some while and he also has a hip flexor issue so we pulled him out of training for the last week,” said Greyling. “He will probably still be out for another week or two as it is struggling to settle down so unfortunately, he is struggling with that injury.
“Mdabuka, he picked up an injury in our game vs SuperSport United. where he injured his medial collateral ligament (MCL) of his knee, so we are pushing against time to see if we will have him ready for this weekend’s game.
“He hasn’t been training with the team yet [as of Tuesday] so will probably see if we can get him back into training in the next few days. He is a bit of a 50-50 call for Friday’s game.
The good news for both Ajax Cape Town and Bafana Bafana is that Coetzee has successfully recovered from the ankle knock that kept him out of the KwaDukuza United match.
Coetzee has been included in the South African team for back-to-back international friendly matches against Guinea-Bissau and Angola.
“Rivaldo has recovered from an ankle injury he picked up and he has been in training for the last couple of days,” Greyling added. “Obviously, he will be ready to play against Free State Stars and to go to Bafana Bafana to honour the call-up he received.
Ajax’ top scorer this season, Paulse, is an injury doubt, though, having picked up a hamstring strain in defeat to KwaDukuza United in the Nedbank Cup. Stanley Menzo, though, will be boosted by the return of Lebusa.
“Nathan picked up a mild hamstring strain over the weekend against KwaDukuza United so we are racing against time to get him ready for Friday’s game. We will only know by Wednesday, Thursday and then make a call on him. It is very mild so we still have a chance of getting him ready.
“Mosa Lebusa is also back, he has been training for the past few days. He has recovered from the ankle injury he picked up in training before the SuperSport match, but he has been in training for the past few days and he is also fit to play against Free State Stars,” Greyling concluded.