Van Heerden out, Horaeb doubtful

AmaZulu defender Marc Van Heerden has been ruled out for at least two months due to a knee injury.

The left fullback was not part of the squad for the last encounter against Chippa United and is set to face more time on the sidelines.

“Marc’s injury is unfortunately more serious than we thought and we estimate that he will be out for the rest of the year,” said Usuthu’s biokineticist Burger van der Merwe.

“An MRI scan revealed that he has a grade 2 tear on his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and he also has a slight tear on his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

“He has started his rehabilitation and he will be monitored regularly. With these kinds of injuries it’s better to take things slowly because we do not want to rush and risk losing him for a much longer period because he is important to the club.”

Namibian fullback Larry Horaeb was taken off at half time on Saturday night and he will be assessed ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against Free State Stars.

“With Larry it’s 50-50 at the moment because he is looking good but he’s also just come back from a fracture so we have to keep an eye on him,” Van der Merwe added.

“He’ll probably undertake a late fitness test and we’ll take it from there.”

Robyn Johannes, who returned from a mild knee injury on Saturday, and winger Nkosinathi Mthiyane, who came on as a substitute after recovering from a fractured arm, both came through well and are fit for the trip to the Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Apart from the injured players, central defender Sadat Ouro-Akoriko will also not face his former club as he is serving his suspension.

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