South Africans Abroad Preview: Dikgacoi returns for the Eagles but Serero suffers injury setback

The Bafana Bafana midfielder will return to action for Crystal Palace on Saturday after serving his one-match ban, while Ajax's Thulani Serero suffers more injury disappointment

Kagisho Dikgacoi is set to return to Crystal Palace's starting lineup on Saturday, as the Eagles play a dangerous Southhampton side at St. Mary's Stadium.

The midfielder missed the club's last Premier League game due to the red card he received against Manchester United, and will slot into his normal position in the midfield.

Steven Pienaar is still out injured and will miss Everton's home match against Newcastle United on Monday evening.

In the Championship, Bongani Khumalo and Dean Furman travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. The two Bafana Bafana internationals will look to help Rovers lift themselves off the bottom of the log. 

Tokelo Rantie played 60 minutes in his first start for Bournemouth last week, earning praise from manager Eddie Howe in the process. Rantie is set to start again for his new club when they host Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Kgosi Nthle and Peterborough United will look to bounce back from their Carling Cup defeat to Sunderland, when the Posh travel to Rotherham United on Saturday.


Thulani Serero's Ajax Amsterdam have suffered two heavy defeats in a row and will be without their attacking midfielder for their league match against Go Ahead Eagles, as Serero sustained a shoulder during the club's 4-2 league cup win over Volendam on Wednesday.

It is another injury setback for Serero, who was beginning to show his stripes for Ajax after the club sold Christian Eriksen to Tottenham Hotspur.

Kamohelo Mokotjo was a part of the PEC Zwolle side which defeated Fortuna Sittard 2-0 in the league cup on Wednesday and should start again for second-placed Zwolle, as they look to get their league campaign back on track against NAC Breda on Saturday.


Sive Phekezela
has yet to make his mark for Gefle this season, often subjected to watching league games from the bench. Phekezela did not make the bench on Thursday night, as his side were defeated 3-1 by IFK Goteborg.

Ayanda Nkili and Bradley Ralani should be involved in the Superettan [Swedish Second Division] next week Monday. 

Ricardo Nunes' Zilina are getting their season back on track, and remain unbeaten in their last three matches. This included a cup win over Slovan Nemsova on Wednesday. Nunes' side faces Ruzomberok in the Slovakian league on Saturday, as they look to move up from sixth position on the log.

Anele Ngcongca was rested during Genk's league cup win on Wednesday, but should return for his side when they play Mechelen in the Belgian PRO league on Saturday night.

Darren Keet will be in goal when Kortrijk host Waasland-Beveren on Sunday and the keeper kept a clean sheet during his side's slim 1-0 win over Tempo Overrijse in the Belgian Cup on Wednesday. 

Ayanda Patosi played his first full ninety minutes for Lokeren on Wednesday, after returning from a long injury lay-off. He will hope to regain the hot form which put his name on the map last season, when his side hosts Zulte-Varegem on Saturday.


Siyanda Xulu's Rostov continue to falter in the Russian Premier League, losing their third league match in a row to Amkar Perm on Thursday night. Xulu earned a yellow card during the match, but stayed on the pitch throughout the ninety minutes.


Daylon Claasen's Lech Poznan were able to get their league season back on track with a 2-0 win over Piast Gliwice on Monday night, with Claasen playing 80 minutes of the match. The Polish side will hope for more positive results as they meet Widzew Lodz on Sunday evening.


After being crushed by rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa and Dino Ndlovu will target a win over Bnei Sakhnin on Saturday, while the usually prolific striker has yet to find his scoring boots since returning from injury.