Worrying update on Themba Zwane from Downs camp

Worrying update on Themba Zwane from Downs camp

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena gave a worrying update on captain Themba Zwane, who did not finish the MTN8 first leg semifinal clash against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.

Zwane was stretched off before halftime following a facial injury when he landed on midfielder Yusuf Maart’s boot.

Speaking to the media at the end of the 1-1 draw, Mokwena spoke on the incident.

"What surprises me more about that Mshishi situation was the foul didn't even go to us. That was the biggest thing, with a deep cut that has had him hospitalised but the foul went against us. That's probably my biggest thing," Mokwena said.

According to the coach, Zwane is understood to have suffered a concussion.

"Clearly with a concussion for the next 10 to 14 days, it's a precautionary type of measure to get some rest and be a bit protective and cautious, especially in this space that we find ourselves in with our lack of offensive options."

Sundowns enjoyed the lion’s share of the ball possession against Chiefs, but losing Zwane early meant they hardly put it to good use to be able to win the game.

Mokwena adds the forced substitution was a major setback.

"You know, I said in every press conference I'm asked how important Mshishi is. He's so important, especially for two reasons, how we want to play and number 2 because he's the captain.

So, losing him was a big blow and we are literally down to backbones in the attacking department with the strikers and we gotta make do with what we do. Mshishi is always playing in a 10/9 position, today we don't have Nasir [Abubeker], we don't have Peter [Shalulile], we don't have Thapelo Morena, we don't have Thapelo Maseko."