'Injury Time' with Dr E - 17/10/07

After a two-week break due to the Telkom Knockout and the international friendlies, Moroka Swallows team doctor Dr Ephraim Nematswerani is back with his informative 'Injury Time with Dr E' column.

Tsweu Mokoro's progress with rehabilitation is more than satisfactory and he could return to play earlier than expected.

Greg Etafia has also started training individually whilst Cecil Oerson's rehab is being cautiously executed since his injury involves a weight-bearing joint.

The Swallows ward round is as follows:

1. Cecil Oerson:
Diagnosis: Grade 3A tear of the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus, right knee.
Investigations: Diagnosis confirmed by an MRI scan done on September 17.
Surgery: Arthroscopic repair on September 26.
He will be out until November 26.

2. Tsweu Mokoro:
Diagnosis: Gilmore's groin (Sportsman's hernia), left groin.
Investigations: Diagnosis confirmed by an ultrasound scan done on September 11.
Surgery: Surgical repair on September 21.
He will be out until November 21.
3. Greg Etafia:
Diagnosis: Complete fracture left distal ulna (forearm) bone.
Operation: Done October 2.
Expected recovery date: Late January 2008.

4. Bjorn Gugger:
Had lateral menisectomy on his left knee a few years ago. He subsequently suffered damages to the cartilage in that joint. Operation done in January 2007.
Opinion: Out for this weekend.

5. Tebogo Monyai:

- Open reduction and internal fixation of right tibia (leg bone), following a fracture in January 2007.
- Chondroplasty (arthroscopy) right knee in April 2007.
- Right groin operation (Gilmore's groin) in April 2007.
Started individual training sessions on the field this week.
Opinion: X-Rays done August 23 confirm healing has gone well with satisfactory union of the bones. Out for this weekend.

Till next week,

Humbulani Ephraim Nematswerani
MBChB, MMedSc (Natal), DTM&H (Wits), FRSTM (UK)
Sports Physician/Travel Medicine Consultant
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February 13
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Pirates
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

February 20
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Santos
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 21
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-1 v Wits
Venue: BidVest Stadium

December 16
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-2 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 12
Absa Premiership:
Won 2-0 v FS Stars
Venue: Goble Park

December 9
Absa Premiership:
Won 6-2 P Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

What did you think of Swallows' performance against Platinum Stars?

The guys were marvellous!
Very good indeed
We need more peformances like this one