Sibongiseni Mthembu vying for competitive action after lengthy injury

The 22 year old centre back, nicknamed “Fani-Fani” is back in line for selection at Usuthu after over 10 months out nursing an ankle injury suffered during the KZN side’s uncompromising NFD campaign of last season.

Team Physiotherapist Karel Du Toit says the Inanda born defender’s own strong will and determination made him an easy patient to treat during the long and bumpy road towards recovery.

“Fani Fani had a tibial shaft fracture, undisplaced fracture which was treated surgically.

He’s done very well, he’s rehabed very strongly, he showed a lot of commitment, hard work and it’s paying off for him.

He’s returning very well and he’s showing good signs on the field and I’d say he’s almost 90 percent ready for full competition,” said Du Toit.

Mthembu said of his latest progress: “It was like a dream seeing myself inside the pitch playing a friendly match. Patience and hard work is the key,” he said.

Mthembu will be hoping to refocus his energies towards earning much needed experience in the Absa Premiership stage alongside his senior teammates in defence.

The former ABC Motsepe campaigner played two matches with Usuthu towards the end of the 2014/15 Premier Division season.

Fast paced Zimbabwean midfielder, Ovidy Karuru is also tipped by Du Toit to make a quick return to action after going out with a joint effusion in the KZN Derby against Golden Arrows on Sunday.

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