Orlando Pirates winger Lorch ruled out for the rest of the season

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The loss of Lorch has been cushioned by the return from injury of fellow Bucs wingers Thabo Rakhale and Thabo Qalinge, who are now fully recovered

Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch has been ruled for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old, who was starting to establish himself in the Bucs starting line-up, has sustained a shoulder injury according to the club.

"Thembinkosi Lorch is set to undergo surgery next week and will miss out the remainder of the season. Lorch, who injured his shoulder in the goalless draw against Highlands Park, is due to go under the knife next week."

"According to the medical department, Lorch has suffered trauma to his joint capsule and ligaments which require surgical intervention," a statement read on the official Bucs website.

The site also went on to reveal that Bucs striker Thabiso Kutumela and winger Mahlatsi Makudubela are also out nursing injuries.

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"The Bucs medical department has also given updates on Thabiso Kutumela and Mahlatsi Makudubela. According to the report, both players are undergoing rehabilitation for their respective injuries."

"Kutumela has been complaining of pain after a knock to the knee during training while Makudubela suffered a strain in his quad muscle after tackle during training."

"Both players continue to be assessed and will continue with their respective rehabilitation programmes," another statement read.

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