South Africans Abroad: Siyanda Xulu limps off in Russia

The season may have concluded for the majority of South African overseas players, but league action is still on the go in Sweden and Russia
Tokelo Rantie and May Mahlangu will be appearing for their club sides this weekend ahead of the international break. Siyanda's Xulu's participation in FK Rostov's next match has been dealt a blow as his ankle injury flared up on Thursday during his side's playoff match against SKA-Energiya. 

Xulu's FK Rostov took a big step in ensuring that the side will participate in the Russian Premier League next season, defeating SKA-Energiya 2-0 in the first leg of their playoff tie on Thursday night.

An opening goal from Gueler Kanga and a late strike from Rasvan Cocis means Rostov go into the second leg of the tie with a substantial advantage. Xulu played 70 minutes of the match, before being substituted for the eventual goal scorer Cocis.

The defender is still recovering from a long injury lay-off and was taken off after feeling pain in his ankle, which has cast doubt over his availability for Bafana Bafana's World Cup qualification matches.

He may be awarded a start for the return leg of the Russian Premier League playoffs if he can recover in time, which is set to be played on Monday. However, his participation is unlikely as he will be given extensive treatment on his ankle.  

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May Mahlangu and Tokelo Rantie played each other on Wednesday night, during Malmo FF's draw with Helsingborg in an Allsvenskan clash.

Neither player was able to make a definitive impact during the match and both stayed on the pitch for the full ninety minutes. Simon Thern opened the scoring for Malmo at their home stadium, but Alvaro Santos ensured that league leaders Helsingborg would walk away with a point with a 75th minute strike.

The result broke Helsingborg's four match winning streak. Mahlangu's next match with the side will be against Atvidabeg on Saturday before he travels to meet the Bafana Bafana squad.

Brommapojkarna will be Rantie's opponents on Saturday, as he will travel with Mahlangu to join Bafana Bafana in South Africa before they fly to Cameroon.

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