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Thu Apr 17 12:16:57 SAST 2014

Birds striker Nomvethe ready to return to action

NICK SAID | 11 September, 2012 07:100 Comments
Absa Premiership: Platinum Stars v Moroka Swallows
Thabiso Semenya of Platinum Stars and Siyabonga Nomvethe of Moroka Swallows compete for the ball during the PSL match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on August 12, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

SIYABONGA Nomvethe could return to action for Moroka Swallows as early as Friday night when the Birds take on University of Pretoria in an Absa Premiership clash.

The forward pulled out of the Bafana Bafana squad on the eve of national team's friendly internationals against Brazil and Mozambique after injuring a toe during the Birds game against Orlando Pirates on September 1.

There had been fears the lethal striker would spend most of this month on the sidelines, but Swallows coach Zeca Marques said he could be back sooner.

"We are assessing him every second day and looking at the physio's reports," he said. "We will make a final decision on Thursday.

"We cannot let him play if it [the toe] is still painful. With other knocks, you can sometimes play. But with a toe, you cannot put the guy out there."

The loss of Nomvethe will be a huge blow for the Dube Birds. His 20 league goals last season were the reason Swallows finished second in the league. He has also contributed a number of assists this season.

The players had been give the weekend off from training, taking advantage of the international break.

Swallows have already played in six matches in this campaign - three in the league and another three in the MTN8, and will face Supersport United in the final on September 22.

Marques might decide to keep Nomvethe in reserve for the cup decider rather than risk him against AmaTuks.

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