Jali rescued by second opinion

Orlando Pirates midfielder maestro Andile Jali injured his shoulder in the match against newly promoted side Polokwane City and was ruled out for six months.

He and the club sought a second opinion, and Pirates’ website reports the injury is nowhere near as serious as was first thought.

Jali missed out on the World Cup in South Africa after being diagnosed with a heart problem. It was later discovered to be an unnecessary precautionary measure but the diagnosis came too late and he missed out on the tournament.

“Initial tests from MRI scans revealed that Jali would be out for six months due to a serious shoulder injury however, upon the club seeking a second opinion on the injury, results indicate that Jali has not damaged any ligaments,” Pirates’ website reports.

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“The results from the scans further reveal that due to the swelling on the shoulder: ‘The first readings would always guide to the initial conclusion. There is no damage on the muscle, nor structural damage of any sort. The injury was on a soft tissue, which is a normal injury.’

“Orlandopiratesfc.com can therefore confirm that Jali will from now have to work on strengthening is shoulder and fight for a place in the team ahead of the MTN8 Final against Platinum Stars in Durban on Saturday evening.”

This comes as a relief for Orlando Pirates as they are looking forward to the much anticipated MTN 8 Final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday against a Platinum Stars side who are hungry for silverware. Platinum stars come into this fixture as the underdogs with nothing to lose but everything to gain.

“We are the underdogs, that are for sure, but they will have to fight us to take the trophy and the R8 million cheque… Pirates must beware of us,” Jackson adds.

 Pontsho Mantlhakga

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