'Injury Time' with Dr E - 05/04/2007

A minor scare that engulfed the 'Birds' camp ended with a sigh of relief on Monday, as both defender Patrick Mabedi and goalkeeper Jacob Mokhasi came out of the medical room with diagnoses of a 'scalp laceration' and 'leg contusion', respectively.

Mabedi suffered a nasty head injury during the Monday morning training session, whilst Mokhasi broke down in the afternoon's PSL Reserve League match against Wits with a suspected fractured tibia.

Everybody thought Mabedi had suffered a concussion after sustaining a gash on the scalp and bleeding profusely.

Mokhasi, meanwhile, took a terrible kick to the right leg against Wits, and with Tebogo Monyai already out with a broken leg, the worst was expected. Subsequent X-Rays, however, showed a soft tissue injury only with no fractures.

The full Swallows medical report is as follows:

1. Mohamed Ouseb.

2. Bjorn Gugger.
Diagnosis: Degenerative changes in left knee following lateral menisectomy 3-4 years ago.
Operation: Done January 22, 2007.
Expected recovery date: End April 2007.

3. Tebogo Monyai.
Injured right leg on January 28, 2007.
Diagnosis: Fracture mid-tibia.
Operation: Done on January 30, 2007.
Expected recovery date: Out for the rest of the season.

4. Tsweu Mokoro.
Injured right quadriceps muscle during weekend game against Chiefs.
Diagnosis: Quadriceps muscle contusion.
Opinion: Will start training only on Thursday, April 5.

5. Goodman Mazibuko.
Diagnosis: Left groin strain.
Treatment: Conservative management, responded well to treatment.
Opinion: Still undergoing treatment. Out for this weekend.

6. Thulani Ngcepe.
Injured on March 10, 2007 with the SA U17 national team.
Prognosis: Has been out for just over three weeks. Repeat X-Ray done five days ago showed satisfactory progress, and he is expected to start training again on Thursday, April 5.

7. Mabedi.
Diagnosis: Scalp laceration.
Treatment: Sutures (stitches) to be removed after 10 days.
Opinion: Fit for this weekend.

8. Mokhasi.
Diagnosis: Right tibia contusion (knock). Right ankle sprain.
Opinion: Out for three weeks.

Until next week,

Dr Humbulani Ephraim Nematswerani
MBChB, MMedSc (Natal), DTM&H (Wits), FRSTM(UK)
Sports Physician/Travel Med Consultant
Moroka Swallows FC

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Saturday, April 27
Castle Premiership:
Swallows v Maritzburg
Kick-off: 3pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

April 21
Castle Premiership:
Drew 0-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

April 8
Castle Premiership
Won 3-1 v Celtic
Venue: Seisa Ramabodu

April 1
Castle Premiership
Drew 1-1 v Chiefs
Venue: Germiston Stadium

March 11
Castle Premiership
Won 2-0 v Wits
Venue: Bidvest Stadium

March 3
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Arrows
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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