Happy Jele suffered a knock to his Achilles tendon. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Defensive stalwart Happy Jele looks set to miss the restart of the Absa Premiership when Orlando Pirates host Platinum Stars at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old suffered a knock to his Achilles tendon and is currently receiving treatment with the strength and conditioning team.

However, as it stands, it looks like Jele will not be ready in time for the match on Wednesday.

According to the Bucs medical team, the centre-back is still experiencing some discomfort and as a result, he will continue working on his rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, defender-cum-midfielder Gladwin Shitolo continues to work his way back to full fitness after suffering a minor setback after picking up an injury in a friendly match last week.

Shitolo has been out of action for most of the season due to a muscular injury.

According to Stephan Plummer, Pirates rehab specialist: “Shitolo is scheduled to start his final phase of rehab this week. He received a bad knock to his quad in the friendly game last week. We have been focusing on physiotherapy for the past week.”

Meanwhile, the Soweto Derby is fast approaching and as is the norm with this spectacle, a lot of hype and fanfare will surround the match. 

However, all talk of this historic rivalry will be put on the back-burner for Pirates until after the Platinum Stars match.

While Bucs have struggled to find the net with much regularity, Stars have struggled in both areas. Roger de Sa’s side have conceded 10 goals and have only been able to find the net three times.

African News Agency (ANA)