Orlando Pirates have been dealt with a huge blow ahead of their two important clashes in a space of two days following the news that influential midfielder Andile Jali will be out for up to six weeks.
The Sea Robbers take on Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League on Sunday, before hosting arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the second leg of the MTN 8 semi-final on Tuesday.
Bucs doctor Thabiso Mmoledi confirmed on the club website this afternoon [Friday] that Jali’s shoulder is “bad” and therefore cannot take part in any of the Pirates games until at least after the operation.
“Jali cannot play with the injury he is carrying – he has a bad tear on the muscle on his shoulder which will require an operation,” said Mmoledi.
“He will see an orthopaedic surgeon this week for the operation on his shoulder. It should take him up to six weeks to recover,” he said.
The 23-year-old Jali injured his shoulder during Pirates’ 1-0 win over Polokwane City on Wednesday, and his place is likely to be taken by Lehlogonolo Masalela, as Thandani Ntshumayelo is still recovering from injury.
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