Claasen back in action with Lierse
DAYLON Claasen is now fully recovered from his knee injury and at the weekend joined up with his Lierse teammates in pre-season training ahead of the start of the new Belgian league.
Claasen had missed the last two games of last season after picking up the injury and the three Bafana Bafana matches last month, including the opening two games on the road to Brazil 2014.
The nuggety midfielder has not yet seen any action in pre-season friendlies but is back in full training with his club, officials said.
It opens up the possibility that he might yet move from the Belgian club to a higher profile league in Europe. Claasen had previously been linked with English Premier League outfit Queen's Park Rangers.
It will also come as a boost to new national coach Gordon Igesund, who will select his first squad in the next month. One of Claasen's two South African compatriots at Lierse has left - Siboniso Gaxa has gone to Kaizer Chiefs, while Lance Davids is still at the Belgian outfit but is looking for another club.
Claasen is one of just five South Africans now left in Belgium - Anele Ngcongca at former champions Racing Genk; Ayanda Patosi and Ebrahim Seedat at cup winners Lokeren and goalkeeper Darren Keet at Kortrijk.