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