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Player Column: Warren Lewis
He may be sidelined with an ankle injury but Warren Lewis has been keeping close tabs on his teammates following their 2-2 draw with Wits University on Sunday.

By Warren Lewis

With a bit of time on my hands now that I am out for an extended period, it is great for me to give some insight into happenings at the club for the supporters.

First of all, I am really disappointed to be missing out on what is sure to be an exciting finish to the Premier Soccer League season.

The injury was a freak one, something that would probably happen one out of a hundred times. I was sliding to intercept a pass in training on the wet surface but my stud got caught in the turf. My momentum kept me going, but my foot stopped, and unfortunately the contact between my body and the ankle caused a fracture.

There was all sorts of speculation as to how long I would be on the sidelines, anything from three to six months was being banded about, but having spoken to the doctor who performed the operation, I am hoping it will be a "best case scenario."

The doctor confirmed that the operation had gone well and that is was relatively quick. He said the bone had luckily stayed aligned and that all he had to do was put the plate in and set it. Thankfully there was no ligament damage.

If all goes well I hope to be back in training sometime in August, though it is bound to take me a month or so to get match fit and ready for top-flight football. That means I will in all likelihood miss the start of next season&.

Moving onto the game against Wits yesterday, I have spoken to the guys and they are disappointed with the 2-2 draw, especially as we were two-goals up at one stage. I think they feel they threw it away a little.

With Orlando Pirates having won at the weekend, it would have been great to pick up the three points. That being said, Wits are a very good side under Roger de Sa and very difficult to beat.

As far as the race for the championship goes, we feel we are still very much in it, though we are under no illusions that it won't be tough. Pirates and Wits still have to play each other and the result of that game could be crucial for us.

We have a very difficult run-in, with matches against sides who are challenging for top-eight places. Still, after the poor start we made to the season, it is great to be in a position, with five games to go, where we can still win it!

I think people outside the club have been amazed at the way the team have gelled after such a big change in personnel and the new coach. I think many would have thought this would be a year of consolidation, with us really challenging for honours next year.

But a lot of the credit has to go to our gaffer, Gavin Hunt. He is a great coach to work under and is rightly considered as one of the bright young bosses in local football.

He demands professionalism from the guys and won't except the guys giving anything less than 100%.

He keeps the gameplan simple for the players, but has managed to create a superbly organised side that gives little away. Perhaps that is where other teams in the league come unstuck. They have very good players, but their discipline levels are poor.

Anyway, here is to hoping Gavin can lead us to the title in his first season in charge!

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