Coach Brandon Truter admitted to the Siya crew that his club is resembled a hospital ward, with numerous key players missing and the possibility of playing without a left back against the Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Following dumping the Buccaneers out of the MTN8 tournament last month, the Dube Birds return to DStv Premiership action after the international break, and this is a major setback for Swallows in their attempts to make another upset.
Truter said, “It's going to be a different and difficult game, but we've also had our own in-house challenges in terms of health and injuries.”
“Virgil Vries, Thabo Matlaba, Yagan Sasman, Wandisile Letlabika, Keletso Makgalwa, Lebohang Mokoena, and Tebogo Langerman are on my injury list, and there are no left backs on the list. The medical team is working nonstop to bring them back in shape. Two of the items on that list are undoubtedly unavailable. But we're Swallows, so we'll go there with arrogance and always play on the front foot. Also, we need to have someone ready to play left back this weekend.”
Chiefs get a boost after the FIFA break... And, despite the fact that it is still early in the season, Downs Truter claimed one of the reasons he was looking forward to the FIFA break was because of their crowded game calendar.
“In the weeks leading up to the international break, I was one of the coaches who looked forward to it because of the number of games we had played previously — three in eight days. The amount of travel we had to do as a result of injuries sustained in the previous game versus Cape Town City. There have been some health concerns with Virgil Vries' international duties, and we also have Wandisile Letlabika returning, sort of, but Cheeseboy (Mokoena) is still a worry following his injury against AmaZulu. We have a long list of ailments to deal with, but we'll compete with what we have,” the coach stated.
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