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Thu Apr 24 05:44:45 SAST 2014

Injury setback for Serero

NICK SAID | 25 September, 2012 07:350 Comments
Norwich City v Ajax - Pre Season Friendly
Thulani Serero of Ajax
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THULANI Serero faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of the groin injury that forced him out of Ajax Amsterdam's 1-1 draw with Den Haag on Sunday.

Restored to the starting line-up, the Bafana Bafana playmaker fell to the ground 19 minutes into the game and had to be substituted.

He will find out in the coming days how long he will be out for, but his participation in Bafana's internationals next month now looks in serious doubt.

South African-born Ricardo Nunes was on the score sheet for Slovakian side Zilina as they won 3-0 at home to Tatran Presov. The left back has caught the eye of national coach Gordon Igesund, and would likely provide competition for Siphiwe Tshabalala in the Bafana set-up.

Andrew Surman came off the bench late for Norwich City as they lost 1-0 at Newcastle United in the English Premier League on Sunday, while a day earlier Steven Pienaar continued his excellent form for Everton.

Pienaar was again the star in a 3-0 win at Swansea, laying on the second goal for Kevin Mirallas in a fantastic display of attacking football that saw The Toffees have 31 shots at goal in the game.

Such has been Pienaar's impact this season that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew commented last week that the South African's combination with Leighton Baines gave Everton "the best left side in Europe". Heavy praise indeed.

Kagisho Dikgacoi made a quick recovery from his clash of heads in midweek that left him in hospital as he played his part in a remarkable win for Crystal Palace in the English Championship.

Palace trailed Cardiff City 2-0 in the first half, but stormed back to win the game 3-2 thanks to a hat-trick from striker Glenn Murray.

It was not such a good day for youngster Kgosi Ntlhe, who played for Peterborough as they lost their seventh-straight league match - going down 2-0 to Wolves.

Dean Furman was also on the losing side in the English League One as Oldham Athletic lost 1-0 at Brentford. In Greece, Bongani Khumalo helped PAOK keep a clean sheet as they won 3-0 at Xanthi to move into third in the table, while Dino Ndlovu made a shock return to the starting line-up in Israel.

The forward injured a shoulder on Bafana duty in Brazil and just last week told The Times that he would be out for another 14 days. But he was thrust into the first 11 by a desperate Maccabi Haifa, who lost 1-0 at home to Ashdod and are still without a win in four games.

Darren Keet was again in goal for Kortrijk in Belgium as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Germinal Beerschot.

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