Orlando Pirates confirm injuries to Gladwin Shitolo and Innocent Maela

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Two Bucs defenders are expected to shrug off injuries ahead of their encounter with Abafana Bes'thende

Orlando Pirates have provided an injury update ahead of their clash with Golden Arrows next week.

The Soweto giants are set to host Abafana Bes'thende in a league match at the Orlando Stadium next Wednesday. 

Thabo Qalinge, Innocent Maela, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Gladwin Shitolo and Thabiso Kutumela are all nursing injuries. 

However, the club's official website indicated that defenders Shitolo and Maela should be available for selection next week.

A club statement read: "Thabo Qalinge, who is currently on stage two rehabilitation focused on game specific agility, 1 vs 1, groin strengthening and body balance work over the previous week."

"The emphasis has now shifted to increasing his left hip flexor strength which is part of the focus for this week. As part of his rehabilitation training program specifically tailored for him, he participated in a friendly match on 23rd September 2018."

"Brilliant Khuzwayo: Continues to undergo rehab. His injury shows signs of improvement with reduced inflammation evident."

"Ntsikelelo Nyauza: Suffered a knock to his foot during the match against Baroka FC, he is being treated symptomatically and will be re-assessed in the course of the week."

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"Thabiso Kutumela: Was diagnosed with fibrosis of his right quad, sustained during training on Tuesday 18 September 2018, he received physiotherapy and has recovered. He is currently under the care of the strength and conditioning team."

"Meanwhile, Gladwin Shitolo and Innocent Maela have sustained minor knocks but should be available for selection ahead of the league match against Golden Arrows next week."

Qalinge, Kutumela and Khuzwayo, who joined Bucs from Kaizer Chiefs last July, are all yet to feature for the Buccaneers this season. 

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