'Injury Time' with Dr. Nematswerani

Hi 'Maswaiswai', If you remember well, my closing statement in last week's edition of 'Injury Time' was ' ... looking forward to an injury-free weekend'. The gods of African football must have gotten the message because we did not only have a near-empty ward at Swallows this week, we also welcomed Patrick Mabedi back from injury.
1. Patrick Mabedi.
Diagnosis: Right hamstring contusion.
He had been undergoing medical and physiotherapy treatment since he got injured in Thohoyandou against Black Leopards. Last week he got the first injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into the injured right hamstring muscle.
On Tuesday, 12 August he went for a second follow-up  Ultrasound scan and also got the last shot of PRP. The scan showed marked improvement from the first one, with satisfactory resolution of the haematoma (blood clot) following the hamstring contusion (knock).
I have since cleared him to start light training, although he will be introduced to the more vigorous, intensive exercises gradually.
Opinion: Though declared fit medically, he may not be match fit for this weekend.
2. Goodman Mazibuko.
Diagnosis: 1.Left groin strain.
                2.Previous ruptured urethra.
He has recovered from his left groin strain and was even on the bench in Rustenburg for the Silver Stars match.
The ruptured urethra he sustained last season (March 2006) during that nasty incident against Kaizer Chiefs has healed but still gives him mechanical (not physical) problems now and then. He is seeing our Urologist but so far he has been cleared to play.
Opinion: Fit to play.
3. Sibusiso Dlamini.
Diagnosis: Left ankle sprain.
He is still undergoing rehabilitation following the injury he sustained whilst on duty for his country.
Opinion: Unfit for this weekend.
4. Bjorn Gugger.
He has recovered from his right knee injury(Biceps Femoris tendinitis). Has been training for the past 10 days pain free.
Opinion: Fit for this weekend.
5. Mohamed Ouseb.
Diagnosis: Right knee injury( Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear).
Still undergoing rehab. As it's typical for this kind of injury, he is out for 6 months and will only be fit by beginning of November 2006.
Until next week Thursday, cheers!
Dr Humbulani Ephraim Nematswerani.
Sports Physician/ Travel Med Consultant.
Moroka Swallows FC.

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Sunday, September 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Saturday, September 30
Castle Premiership
Ajax v Moroka Swallows
Venue: Newlands Stadium

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
Moroka Swallows v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
Arrows v Moroka Swallows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, September 17
Castle Premiership
0-0 vs Benoni P. United
Venue: Meadowlands Stadium

Wednesday, September 13
Castle Premiership (POSTPONED)
Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, September 10
Castle Premiership
1-0 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Saturday, August 26
Castle Premiership
0-2 vs Black Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Sunday, August 20
SAA Supa 8 Q/F
2-1 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Will Moroka Swallows win the SAA Supa 8?