Bafana downplay Furman ribcage injury scare

Bafana Bafana’s team management have downplayed fears over defensive midfielder Dean Furman’s availability for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Furman has been in form for his club‚ SuperSport United – notably in their 6-1 league win over Orlando Pirates then penalties Telkom Knockout victory against Mamelodi Sundowns last week – and country.

He scored the Bafana’s goal in their 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in their opening World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou last month.

Speculation that Furman might be out of Saturday’s crucial second match towards Russia 2018 was played down by Safa communications head Dominic Chimhavi on Wednesday.

“It’s a minor injury – it’s 90 percent that he will play‚” Chimhavi told Times Media.

Bafana have one player hopeful and three potentially unavailable from a spate of niggling injuries ahead of Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Two players have picked up injuries in training since their arrival in camp for the crucial qualifier against a strong Lions of Teranga. Two others arrived with injuries.

Bafana team doctor Thulani Ngwenya said on Wednesday the four are central midfielders Andile Jali and Furman‚ left-back Tebogo Langerman and goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

“Andile Jali missed the last World Cup qualifier with a quadricep [thigh] muscle injury. However he’s here now – he’s training‚” Ngwenya said.

“He trained with the team in the morning fully‚ but we are managing him‚ hence he missed the afternoon practice game.

“But he’s fine – we’re treating him‚ we hope he will be ready.

“Dean Furman had a ribcage injury from his club match [quarterfinal against Downs] for SuperSport. He never felt it until he came here.

“We are managing him as well. He didn’t train yesterday or today and is currently having a scan at the physio.

“Ronwen Williams fell badly during training yesterday and had a clavicular [collarbone] injury‚ and he also went for a scan with Dean.

“Tebogo Langerman pulled his hamstring yesterday afternoon‚ and has also gone for a scan.

“We will only be in a position to know if they can play once we have the scan results.”

Bafana‚ ranked 62nd in Fifa’s world rankings‚ began their Russia 2018 qualifying campaign with a 1-1 away draw against Burkina Faso. Senegal‚ 32nd‚ started with a 2-0 home win against Cape Verde Islands. - TMG Digital

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