Usuthu recuperating for Sundowns clash

AmaZulu will look to recharge their batteries ahead of their upcoming Absa Premiership encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns, which will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium next Friday, March 7.

Craig Rosslee’s side have been active since January and recently had to travel to Mpumalanga and Rustenburg for league and cup commitments.

According to the club’s fitness conditioning coach Burger van der Merwe, the next week will be important for the team as they look to freshen up before tackling the next run of matches.

“We’ve had a really rough ride so far so the next week will be vitally important,” he said. “We’re ahead of the other teams in terms of games played and this last week has been quite tough with two away matches.

“Now we’ve got a bit of an extended layoff and it gives us time to recover from the small knocks and to work with the guys who need a bit of extra work.

“It’s nice to have a bit of a breather before we go into another important league game; every game until the end of the season is vital.”

Van der Merwe also gave an update on Bongani Ndulula, Ruzaigh Gamildien and Sadney Urikhob, who are currently recovering from their respective injuries.

“Gamildien played a friendly match on Monday and came through very well; we are happy with his progress,” he said.

“He’s on his way to fighting for a position in the team.

“Ndulula aggravated an old knock late in game against United FC but it’s not too bad. He’ll need a couple of days rest and then he’ll be good to go.

“He’s suspended for the next match after picking up his fourth yellow card so he’ll be rested anyway and should be back for the next game.

“Urikhob is unfortunately still out with a broken foot. The injury is healing but he’s still in the rehabilitation process and should be out for at least another couple of weeks.”

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