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Thabo Qalinge and Luvuyo Memela hand Orlando Pirates much-needed boost

23:20 GMT+3 24/08/2018
Luvuyo Memela, Orlando Pirates
The duo's return has handed Bucs a much-needed boost with the team having struggled in the new season

Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates have been buoyed on by the return of two key players ahead of their clash with Black Leopards which will be played next week. 

Attacking midfielders Thabo Qalinge and Luvuyo Memela have both resumed full training with their Bucs teammates.

Qalinge has been out nursing a knee injury since May 2018, while Memela is back from an abductor strain. 

The Bucs made the announcement on their official website on Friday.

“Midfielders Thabo Qalinge and Luvuyo Memela have been cleared to train with the rest of the squad. The medical team has given ‘Section’ and ‘Amigo’ a clean bill of health to resume training on Wednesday,” reads a statement.

"Memela has been out of action since May after picking up a knee strain while Qalinge last saw action in July in a friendly match against Stellenbosch FC where he suffered an abductor strain," reads a statement on the Bucs site.

The site also revealed that central midfielder Musa Nyatama and striker Augustine Mulenga are both nursing injuries.

Nyatama and Mulenga did not feature during Pirates' 1-0 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic which was played at the Free State Stadium last weekend. 

Another club statement reads: "Meanwhile, midfielder Musa Nyatama continues to train with the team. However under the watchful eye of the medical team who are assessing a knock he has struggled to shake off."

"According to the medical staff, the reigning Pirates Player of the Season, is still experiencing some discomfort on his ankle and should continue treatment with the physiotherapists."

"Another player struggling with a knock is Zambia international Augustine Mulenga who missed the match against Bloemfontein Celtic after his injury in the match against Wits. The 28-year old is currently being treated for a Grade-1 strain."

The match between Pirates and Leopards will be played in Limpopo on August 28.