Injury rules Brilliant Khuzwayo out of Orlando Pirates' Premiership opening matches

Orlando Pirates' goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, pictured during a training session at Rand Stadium south of Johannesburg, has been ruled out of action for up to three to four weeks, the club confirmed on Wednesday August 1 2018.
Orlando Pirates' goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, pictured during a training session at Rand Stadium south of Johannesburg, has been ruled out of action for up to three to four weeks, the club confirmed on Wednesday August 1 2018.
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Orlando Pirates newly signed goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo has been ruled out for “three to four weeks”‚ meaning he will not be available for this weekend’s Absa Premiership home match against Highlands Park.

The Buccaneers confirmed the bad news on Wednesday and revealed that although the former Kaizer Chiefs keeper’s injury is not serious‚ his treatment is more of a corrective measure to allow the player to endure a pain-free season with the team.

“Khuzwayo will miss the start of the league as he is set to be out of action for between 3-4 weeks‚” the club said.

The club added that Khuzwayo will see an orthorpaedic surgeon this week to remove screws in his ankle and to have a scope performed.

Pirates open their season account with a home game against top flight returnees Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is at 8.15pm.

Khuzwayo’s injury means the keeper‚ who was eagerly awaiting the start of the new season in which he hopes to be the preferred keeper after years of playing second fiddle to Itumeleng Khune at Chiefs‚ will likely miss a trip Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for Pirates’ second league match against Chippa United on Wednesday August 8.

Attacking midfielders Thabo Qalinge and Thembinkosi Lorch will also miss a couple of the opening matches of the season due to injuries.

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