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Unfortunate landing rules nuggety defender out of the game for many months to come

It was an innocuous looking landing but Rooi Mahamutsa managed to snap his Achilles tendon on Sunday and has been told he will not play again this season.

Mahamutsa went up in the air to clear a high ball for Orlando Pirates in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final against Bloemfontein Celtic and landed with full pressure on the tendon, ruling himself out for the rest of the year.

It is a freak injury that will prove a setback to both the player and the defending champions, who lost in dramatic fashion to Celtic at the Free State Stadium.

Pirates confirmed that the centre back, who recently turned 31, is out for between six and eight months, meaning he will have to aim for the start of the next season for a return.

He is the second Pirates player to suffer such a serious injury over the last year. It is now exactly 12 months since Happy Jele was ruled out of the game and the fullback is still to make his comeback.

But the Buccaneers were touting some news to counter the disappointment of losing the hard-tackling Mahamutsa.

Striker Benni McCarthy, who was their top scorer last season, has been passed fit after the hamstring strain he suffered playing for Bafana Bafana against Brazil in September.

McCarthy is likely to be in the squad to face Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria in the Premier Soccer League on Wednesday.

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