Mphela training again
KATLEGO Mphela returned to the training ground yesterday as the Bafana Bafana striker continued on the road to recovery following a knee operation in June.
It will come as a boost to both club and country, but it is still unclear when the 27- year-old will take to the pitch again.
Mphela confirmed his return to training with the team after last week, working hard on his own with specialist biokineticists at Sundowns' headquarters at Chloorkop.
After a miserable season, in which he played with pain for much of the second half of the last campaign and managed to score just once in 15 appearances, Mphela is making good progress, according to Sundowns club officials.
He had keyhole surgery on his right knee on June 25, which doctors pronounced successful. But they were unable to give an estimation of how long it would be before he would return to full action.
Mphela is not expected to make the Bafana Bafana trip to Brazil next month when Gordon Igesund debuts as the new national team coach. But Mphela could be back in action in October.
Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens still has new Dutch defensive signing Alje Schut out injured, but both Anthony Laffor and Elias "Dominguez" Pelembe have recovered from respective heel and ankle trouble.