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Pirates reveal extent of injury to both McCarthy and Jele

It will be until at least mid-November before Benni McCarthy makes a return to action for Premier Soccer League champions Orlando Pirates, coach Roger de Sa has revealed.

And the club have been hit by a double blow with fullback Happy Jele suffering a new injury just as he was due to make his long awaited comeback.

McCarthy, who was Pirates’ leading scorer last season, suffered a hamstring tear playing for South Africa against Brazil in Sao Paulo earlier this month. He will spend five to six more weeks on the sidelines, said De Sa on the eve of his team’s meeting with Bloemfontein Celtic in the Free State capital.

“It’s a pretty bad hamstring tear,” added the coach, “it will take some time.”

Happy Jele had suffered a quadriceps strain in training added De Sa, just as he was working his way back into contention for a return to action.

Jele suffered a serious knee injury against Bidvest Wits at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit last November, after a 75th minute collision with Siboniso Gumede.

He underwent surgery in December, having to wait first for the swelling to go down and then had to wear a brace for several months to keep the knee in place.

He had been advised he would be out for at least nine months but it looks now like it will be almost a year before the flying right-back sees action again.