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Bucs licking their wounds

By Mark Gleeson | Nov 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 11 ]

ORLANDO Pirates are facing an injury crisis that threatens to decimate the spine of the team, said coach Roger de Sa.

Injuries on Saturday to both Oupa Manyisa and Siyabonga Sangweni added to a growing casualty list at the defending champions, who despite the setbacks remain in second place after beating Free State Stars 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Manyisa was stretchered off late in the game after suffering a recurring hamstring problem that has bothered him all week while Sangweni did not make the kickoff because of a knee problem.

Sangweni hurt himself in the warm-up and had to be hastily removed from the team sheet. He was hurt on Wednesday when Pirates won away at Sundowns but recovered significantly in the build-up to Saturday's game to be included, only to suffer a further setback.

The extent of the two injuries will only be known today after both have further medical examinations but De Sa said he feared "the whole spine of the team will be out for a while".

Also injured is goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, with a shoulder problem. He had been dropped in midweek but was on the bench for the game against Sundowns.

On Saturday, however, inexperienced Brighton Mhlongo took his place among the substitutes.

Josephs had shoulder problems last season that ruled him out at times during Pirates' successful championship-winning season.

Already out are Rooi Mahamutsa and Andile Jali. Benni McCarthy's planned return in midweek was postponed.

"There is no quick fix. These players need time out," De Sa said.

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Over rated cows that plays like donkies!

Nov 12, 2012 8:31 | 0 replies

Some people here are confused, MIGHTY CHAMPS is not a one-legged-zebra. The cripple is being forced to play with injuries because in his absence the team performs badly because their muti-tortoises will not work without him. At Galaxy of Stars, when Moneeb is not there Senzo is there. When Benni is not available or doesn't score Mbesuma does, likewise if Mbesuma is not there Takesure is there etc. Can we say the same about CRY-SISSIES? When Parker doesn't score they throw in Kaizer Jr and what does he do? Kick the goalkeeper instead of the ball!!!!!

Roger is not making excuses but concerned with match fitness and combinations especially if you lose more regular players in a short time. Maybe you pathetic and mediocre fans can go and watch soapies and comment on them and leave soccer analogy to those who play/played soccer and follow it.

MIGHTY CHAMPS & UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Nov 12, 2012 11:28 | 0 replies

This is good for the opposition, team format will be affected.

Nov 12, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

CRY BABIES

Nov 12, 2012 9:48 | 0 replies

What goes around, comes around. Aint it sweet to taste the same medicine that the Rats have been causing to other teams...

You have not seen nothing yet.

Did I hear someone talking about debth????

Nov 12, 2012 9:46 | 0 replies

I hope Mr Batman will not get spine problems after a string of poor results.

Khosi 4lyf till FIRECRACKERS FC stop conceding 2 goals in 2 min

Nov 12, 2012 9:43 | 0 replies

@shakashaka
ORLANDO Pirates are facing an injury crisis that threatens to decimate the spine of the team, said coach Roger de Sa
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We were told that you have galaxy of stars so whats the problem now?
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Excuses! Excuses ! Excuses! What happened to the galaxy of slimey Rodents? Have they gone back to the sewers were they belong?

Khosi 4lyf till FIRECRACKERS FC stop conceding 2 goals in 2 min.

Nov 12, 2012 9:41 | 0 replies

Injuries should not be overstated, especially by big teams with so many "quality" players.

Other teams like Chiefs managed to soldier in despite injuries to big name players. As I you are reading this comment, the very same Chiefs still with injured players, is number 1 on the log.

Show us good football and stop creating excuses Mr. De Sa.

KHOSI-4-LIFE

Nov 12, 2012 8:48 | 0 replies

This is not a setback but a blessing in disguise,we have Okonkow,Johannes.Jele just came back frm injury and i dont see wat the fuss is al about here.Other players will take this chance and prove that they deserv to play as well.Ppl forget that Krol used to benefit frm such injuries coz he was forced to use the fringe players who did not disapoint at the end.

Nov 12, 2012 8:41 | 0 replies

ORLANDO Pirates are facing an injury crisis that threatens to decimate the spine of the team, said coach Roger de Sa
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We were told that you have galaxy of stars so whats the problem now?

Nov 12, 2012 8:35 | 0 replies

we have enough players to bring the situation under control.
I thought Gavin Hunt lied to the neighbours that they are going to win the league on the other article. why don't they go there and make comments there. come 08 December the noise will be gone.

Nov 12, 2012 12:24 | 0 replies