Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has provided an update on Peter Shalulile’s availability when his side welcome Orlando Pirates on Friday afternoon at Loftus Versfeld.
The 29-year-old’s last appearance for Masandawana was against Orlando Pirates two months ago in a MTN8 first leg semi-final clash. Shalulile suffered an injury that led him to undergo surgery for a sports hernia. The two-time top goal scorer of the DStv premiership has now begun full training and may make the squad for this vital clash.
The centre forward’s return to full training is a massive boost for Sundowns because it’ll bring competition within the squad and give much-needed depth when the club play Champions League football and in defending DStv premiership title.
“Peter is now one week on the pitch, on the green grass with the team, and the protocol first is a return to training then return for availability for selection,” Mokwena told the media in a press conference held at Chloorkop.
“He’s only gone past the first stage of rehabilitation if you want to call it that, so we will see, everything always depends on the individual and how the biomechanics, physiological reactions are to medical treatments.
“So, we will still see but he [has] not played any friendly matches yet, but now taking part in full training.”
The Namibian international has scored six goals and registered two assists in the eleven matches he played this season. Shalulile is without doubt, when fit, the most lethal striker in the PSL and the possibility that he may be available for Sundowns in their clash with Pirates in a huge boost for the Brazilians but a worrying sign for Pirates.