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Bafana Bafana right-back makes quicker-than-expected recovery from knee injury

Anele Ngcongca returned from injury on Thursday and was back in the Genk starting line-up as they drew 2-2 at Basel in the UEFA Europa League.

That means he should take part in the top-of-the-table clash in Belgium on Sunday, as Genk travel to leaders Club Brugge, though just what position he will play remains to be seen.

The versatile star has featured at right-back, centre-back and as a holding midfielder already this season, testament to his versatility.

There could be two South Africans on the field when Lokeren entertain Lierse, with Ayanda Patosi turning out for the former and Lance Davids possibly making a first appearance of the season, for the latter having returned from injury.

Darren Keet will be in goal for Kortrijk when they travel to Mechelen on Saturday.

Siyanda Xulu will be hoping for a first start for Russian Premier League side FC Rostov when they travel to Terek Grozny tonight, while fellow centre-back Bongani Khumalo will be in action for PAOK as they travel to OFI.

Steven Pienaar will be in the Everton line-up as they make the short journey to Wigan in the English Premiership. ‘Schillo’ retired from international football this week to concentrate on his club career with The Toffees and is very much the fulcrum of their side.

Kagisho Dikgacoi will hope to return from a side-strain as Crystal Palace look to consolidate their position in the English Championship playoff positions with a home win over Burnley.  

Kgosi Ntlhe has been left out of the last two matches for Peterborough United – which they have won – and will look for a return to the starting line-up against Nottingham Forest.

Dean Furman’s struggling Oldham Athletic side host Preston North End in League One.

In Sweden, Tokelo Rantie and his Malmo side are in action tonight as they host Norrköping. A win by three goals would take them to the top of the League standings, though they will have played a game more than their rivals. May Mahlangu and Helsingborg play against Mjällby On Sunday.

Two more Bafana Bafana players should be in action as striker Dino Ndlovu turns out for Maccabi Haifa against Hapoel Ramat Gan on Saturday, and Ricardo Nunes will be in action for Slovakian outfit Zilina, who are away to Spartak Myjava.

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