Kaizer Chiefs could be without one of their key players on Saturday for the Telkom knockout semifinals.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele is a doubt following the injury he picked up while on Bafana Bafana duty against Paraguay on Tuesday night.
Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas was wary of the injury risk his players would face on the international duty, ahead of the all-important Soweto Derby cup tie.
Meanwhile, when asked about Mphahlele’s injury, Bafana coach Stuart Baxter gave a provisional update before any tests could be done to determine the exact extent thereof, but hinted that it may not be too bad.
“We’ve tried to show respect to the clubs in terms of trying not to overload the players [with training and game-time throughout the camp],” Baxter said.
“In a perfect world, the players that are going to play in the Derby – you’d like to pull out a little bit earlier instead of overloading them, but this is the national team and we can’t always do that.
“We’re not trying to win a popularity contest, we’ve got to try and win games for the nation as well.
So, Rama’s got a slight strain and as soon as he flagged it we pulled him off.
“I told him as he was walking up in the second half, ‘If you feel anything, you’re coming off,’ and so he did. He flagged it straight away, and because he overextended himself, he felt it. I don’t think it is a bad one but that will be up to the medics now to give a report to Chiefs and they’ll reassess him.”
The former Mamelodi Sundowns Captain is set to undergo further tests on Thursday morning, with suggestions that it could also be his abductor muscle rather than the groin.
Rama’s lone goal against SuperSport United was enough to secure a semifinals spot for Amakhosi.