Orlando Pirates has provided an injury update on Thabo Qalinge ahead of the Absa Premiership encounter against Golden Arrows.
Qalinge suffered a groin injury just a few days before the start of the new season in a friendly game against Stellenbosch FC.
“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,” read a statement on the club’s website.
The Soweto-born attacker was anticipated to have one of his best seasons at the club after showing flashes of his immense talent during the last phase of last season.
“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 programme specifically tailored for him, he participated in a friendly match on 23rd September 2018,” Pirates said.
Additionally, the Buccaneers medical personnel are also working tirelessly towards the return of more players including Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Thabiso Kutumela who are all sidelined from the rest of the team with an assortment of injuries.
Khuzwayo and Kutumela have all yet to feature this season, as they continue their respective recovery from ankle and quadricep complaints.
“Khuzwayo continues to undergo rehab. His injury shows signs of improvement with reduced inflammation evident,” the club said.
“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.”
The club takes on Golden Arrows on Wednesday, 3 October 2018.