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Klate has been available for selection since the Soweto Derby last month and Goal is informed that the winger requested to be given some time off before returning onto the pitch

By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates midfielder Daine Klate may have not been seen on the pitch lately, but that doesn't mean he has issues with coach Vladimir Vermezovic, according to the club.

One of the club officials confirmed to Goal that Klate has fully recovered from a knee injury, but the player feels that he's not ready to make his comeback yet while also adding that the two - Klate and Vermezovic - enjoy a healthy relationship.

"Our fans might be worried that Klate is not playing, but the player spoke to the coach and told him that he's not ready to play yet," a Pirates official told Goal. "Coach Vermezovic enjoys a healthy relationship with all his players, and he's been very understanding," he added.

Klate, who was a regular under Roger de Sa, is expected to be back against his former club SuperSport United on Saturday, although the coach might still have to decide whether to give him a run or not.

The 29-year-old left-winger is one of the senior players in the current Pirates' squad and he's will definitely be itching to help his side win as many games as possible once he's back in the team.

The Soweto giants have suffered two defeats under Vermezovic, but they will be looking to return to winning ways this weekend following their disappointing 1-0 defeat to MP Black Aces on Wednesday.

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