Ben Motshwari doubtful for Orlando Pirates' Caf Champions League clash with Light Star

Motshwari could miss Bucs' clash with the Seychelles First Division club, while Khuzwayo is out nursing an injury

As they they prepare to face Light Stars FC of Seychelles in their Caf Champions League opener, Orlando Pirates have released an injury update.

Ben Motshwari remains doubtful for the clash as he is nursing a knock which he suffered during a friendly match on November 17 and the midfielder is still monitored by the medical team.

"Motshwari is said to be steadily heading towards full recovery. The 27-year old was a noticeable absentee from the squad that did duty in the Telkom Knockout Cup this past weekend," said Pirates in a statement.

The former Bidvest Wits player was a notable absentee last weekend during Bucs' 2-1 win over their old rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash and he is not yet cleared to face the Islanders.

"Motshwari, missed the semi-final clash against Kaizer Chiefs after suffering a knock in a friendly match on November 17. The medical team has been treating the player for his injury and will further monitor his progress over the next two days before they clear him for the match against Light Stars FC," added the club.

Moreover, the Soweto giants announced that attacker Luvuyo Memela has started with strengthening as he hopes to recover from a long term injury.

"Meanwhile, winger Luvuyo Memela, who is recovering from a long term injury continues to undergo rehabilitation. Amigo, as he is affectionately known, has started his first phase of strength work combined with work on the treadmill as well as aqua training," announced Pirates.

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"Another player nearing full recovery is defender Gladwin Shitolo who is recovering from a torn quad muscle. He has passed his functional tests and will now start with his strengthening programme," concluded the statement.

Apart from the trio, the Soweto giants are still without defenders Ntsikelelo Nyauza who is out with an ankle injury, Mthokozisi Dube is recovering from a hamstring whilst goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo also has an ankle injury. 

The clash against Light Stars will be staged at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night at 19:30.