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McCarthy forced to shuffle his deck ahead of ailing but unpredictable Chiefs visit

By Mark Gleeson | 2017-09-12 12:54:16.0

Head Coach Benni McCarthy celebrates Majoro's goal(not in a picture) with Lyle Lakay of Cape Town City celebrates his goal during 2017 MTN8 game between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at Bidvest Wits Stadium on 10 September 2017@Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Few have ever come out unscathed after a blow to the chin from Tyson and so Cape Town City must do without midfield work horse Roland Putsche for Wednesday’s key clash against Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League.

The Austrian received 17 stitches after a clash of heads with Bidvest Wits captain Thulani ‘Tyson’ Hlatshwayo on Sunday and has been told by doctors to lay off for a week‚ his coach Benni McCarthy said on the eve of the game at the Cape Town Stadium.

“Therefore‚ unfortunately‚ he is not available‚” said the coach.

Putsche has 10 stitches inside the wound on his chin and seven more on the outside after the incident in Sunday’s MTN8 semifinal‚ second leg tie in Johannesburg.

It is a blow for the home team who are seeking to keep up their 100 percent start to the new season.

Putsche has been ever present this season‚ not missing a minute of action since McCarthy took over‚ and provided much of the work in the midfield with his constant harrying and tackling of opponents.

The 26-year-old was named man of the match last month after the first leg of City’s 3-1 aggregate triumph over holders Bidvest Wits in the semifinal of the MTN8.

He joins Aubrey Ngoma and Judas Moseamedi on the sidelines of the game.

Ngoma is still six weeks away from returning to training after his knee surgery in June while Moseamedi‚ who pulled his knee ligaments but did not undergo surgery‚ is back running but has yet to engage in full contact training with the rest of the team. - SowetanLIVE

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