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Mamelodi Sundowns defender Rivaldo Coetzee closing in on return

11:40 BST 15/07/2018
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The former Urban Warriors defender is back in training and could soon return to action

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Rivaldo Coetzee could soon make his highly anticipated return to action with the new 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season on the horizon. 

According to the club’s spokesperson, Thulani Thuswa, the former Ajax Cape Town defender is now back in training.

Coetzee’s return is highly anticipated by the Sundowns fans after joining the reigning PSL champions in January last year.

Although, he joined the Chloorkop-based side carrying a foot injury, the club refused to operate opting for other recovery means, according to his agent Mike Makaab.

The Brazilians are out of the country as they will honour their Caf Champions League assignments against Togolese side, AS Togo Port on Tuesday.

After their match in Lome, the Brazilians will face old rivals in the form of Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday in the inaugural Shell Helix Cup at the iconic FNB Stadium.

“If he has fully recovered can be confirmed by those responsible and qualified to do so. I think they can be able to give more information on his condition,” Thuswa told Isolezwe.

“I can confirm though that he will be back for the new season because he is walking and able to put on his boots and run,” he said.

“That is promising because he is also able to run and driving his car,” added Thuswa.

Speaking about the player’s condition, Prosport International’s Makaab said Coetzee’s situation remains a delicate one.

“Coetzee’s situation is delicate because Sundowns refused to operate on him,” said Makaab.

“They opted for a different option in terms of treating the injury, but he is training now,” he added.

“He is in the coach’s plans for the new season and we will pray for his full recovery,” concluded the former coach.

Should the Kakamas-born defender recover, he is expected to form a solid partnership with Motjeka Madisha and the likes of Ricardo Nascimento in the heart of the defence