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A number of Bafana stars will face fitness tests ahead of this weekend’s matches

Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar will start for Everton as they travel to Swansea City in the early game on Saturday in the English Premiership.

Everton, and Pienaar, have made a good start to the season, but were stung by a late equaliser from Newcastle United on Monday in a game in which they had three goals disallowed, two erroneously.

Andrew Surman’s Norwich City will be away at Newcastle on Sunday.

Kagisho Dikgacoi will face a fitness test before Crystal Palace’s English Championship home clash with Cardiff City on Saturday. ‘KG’ scored his fourth goal in six games for The Eagles this season on Tuesday against Nottingham Forest, but was later stretchered off after a clash of heads and spent the night in hospital.

He was back in training on Thursday though and could well start at the weekend.

Kgosi Ntlhe’s Peterborough United will be hoping for a first point of the season when they welcome Wolves. Posh have lost all six of their Championship games to date.

Dean Furman’s Oldham Athletic are away at Brentford in League One.

Bongani Khumalo’s PAOK are away at Skoda Xanthi in the Greek Super League on Saturday, while Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu is not expected to play for Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli League clash with Moadon Sport Ashdod.

Darren Keet’s Kortrijk are away at Germinal Beerschot, a side who have won their last three Jupiler League matches. It will be a tough test for him.

Ayanda Patosi will expect to start again for Lokeren as they welcome OH Leuven. A positive result could take them into the top four in this early part of the season.

Neither Daylon Claasen or Lance Davids are expected to feature for Lierse as they travel to Waasland-Beveren, while Anele Ngcongca will also be out for Genk in their clash against Charleroi on Sunday.

Two Bafana internationals based in Sweden, Helsingborg’s May Mahlangu and Malmo’s Tokelo Rantie, could come up against one-another on Monday, though the latter is an injury doubt.

Bradley Ralani will be in action for Landskrona in the Swedish second-tier the day before as they host Varnama.

Thulani Serero will sit out the second game of his Eredivisie suspension for Ajax Amsterdam when they travel to ADO Den Haag on Sunday, while Kamohelo Mokotjo will hope for some first minutes of the season for Feyenoord in their big clash against PSV Eindhoven.

Finally, Siyanda Xulu could make his debut for Russian Premier League side FC Rostov as they visit Spartak Moscow on Sunday.

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