Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Manqoba Mnqithi has revealed that he does not know when right back Khuliso Mudau will return to action.
“Initially we thought and it was diagnosed as a grade 1 hamstring injury but when he came back we realised he was not ready. So on that one I cannot say when he will be back,” Mnqithi said at a press briefing.
Mnqithi was speaking as the table-topping Sundowns prepare to host Golden Arrows in a 2nd leg Semi-Final of the MTN8. The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, the 28th of September.
26-year-old Mudau’ played two outstanding games for Mamelodi Sundowns before being sidelined by the hamstring injury which now threatens his good start to a career at Chloorkop. Hamstring injuries normally take 2 to 6 weeks to heal but it remains to be seen how long this particular injury will keep Mudau sidelined.
The right-back will have a fight on his hands to get back into Sundowns starting eleven with the team having no less than three quality players for each position at the moment. Grant Kekana has been favoured at right-back lately, with Thapelo Morena being pushed further forward when he is not played in that position.
Maqoba Mnqithi and the Sundowns medical team are also monitoring Rivaldo Coetzee who has a cut, Themba Zwane with a stiff quad as well as veteran goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene. The three are expected to make the starting line-up should they pass medical tests before the Tuesday showdown.
Mamelodi Sundowns will be hoping to get over the Bafana BeSthende hurdle and get to the final with either Swallows FC or Cape Town FC. The MTN8 trophy is the only title that eluded Sundowns in the PSL era which they have heavily dominated.