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BELGIUM
Ayanda Patosi’s Lokeren completed a 3-2 victory at Darren Keet’s Kortrijk on Friday night, but the Bafana Bafana hopeful limped out of the game in the first half.

It is not known how severe the injury is at this stage, but after receiving two rough tackles, Patosi left the pitch on 39 minutes. He is due to link-up with the Bafana Bafana squad in Johannesburg on December 27, but that will now be in question.

His club coach, Peter Maes, had also spoken last week of how the player was suffering from fatigue, yet has continued to use him from the start.

Keet was on the receiving end of that 3-2 loss for Kortrijk, not helped by his team finishing the game with 10-men.

Anele Ngcongca’s title dreams in Belgium are definitely over after his side lost 4-2 at home to leaders Anderlecht on Sunday. They are now a full 14 points off the pace.


ENGLAND
Bafana Bafana striker Davide Somma completed his comeback from 18 months on the sidelines when he played for 23 minutes as a second-half substitute for Leeds United in their 2-1 home win over Middlesborough.

It will be a huge relief for Somma to find himself back on the park after there had been whispers that the knee injury that kept him sidelined for so long could have been career-ending.   

Also in the Championship, Kagisho Dikgacoi’s Crystal Palace were disappointingly held 1-1 at home by Huddersfield Town, which means they drop to third and outside the automatic promotion places. It is their third draw in a row.

In the Premiership, Steven Pienaar scored for Everton as they came back from a goal down to beat West Ham 2-1, but ‘Schillo’ also limped out of the game late on. David Moyes will be hoping that injury is not too serious for a player who was Everton’s star man on the day.

In League One, Dean Furman played for Oldham Athletic as they lost 4-1 at Yeovil Town.

GREECE
Bongani Khumalo was rested by his PAOK side as they advanced to the next round of the Greek Cup on Saturday.


NETHERLANDS

There was no sign of either Kamohelo Mokotjo or Thulani Serero for Feyenoord and Ajax Amsterdam respectively in the Dutch Eredivisie. Serero might have hoped to get some minutes for Ajax ahead of linking up with the Bafana Bafana squad in Johannesburg on Thursday, but he has still not played a competitive fixture since September.

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