Pot­loane goes un­der the knife

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mat­lama will be with­out in­jured star-mid­fielder Mabuti Pot­loane for at least six more weeks due to a knee op­er­a­tion the 29-year-old un­der­went in Bloem­fontein last week.

The gifted play­maker was in­jured on na­tional duty against Ethiopia in June this year and is yet to don Tse Put­soa’s blue-and-white strip this sea­son.mat­lama are top of the premier league ta­ble 10 matches into the sea­son and ac­cord­ing to coach Moses Maliehe, the team des­per­ately needs Pot­loane’s ser­vices.

“It’s a big blow to miss a player of his cal­i­bre and ex­pe­ri­ence as the league is get­ting very tough,” Maliehe told the Le­sotho Times this week.

“The sad part is that an­other ex­pe­ri­enced player, Pali Tša­long, is also un­avail­able due to work com­mit­ments.”

How­ever, Maliehe said he was happy the op­er­a­tion would rec­tify the prob­lem­atic knee for good.

On his part, Pot­loane said he was op­ti­mistic of a full re­cov­ery.

“I was feel­ing un­com­fort­able each time I tried to run, so hope­fully, the op­er­a­tion is go­ing to be a suc­cess and deal with the prob­lem for good,” Pot­loane said.

“I was han­dled by med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and they tell me the op­er­a­tion went very well. Right now I’m at home and fol­low­ing this re­cov­ery pro­gramme given to me by the doc­tors.”

Pot­loane ad­mits the in­jury has been frus­trat­ing, but in­sists he is go­ing to come back a stronger player.

“It’s all part of the game, but I’m con­fi­dent the re­cov­ery process will go well and I will be back play­ing foot­ball again,” said the mid­fielder.

“It’s go­ing to be a long process, but the op­er­a­tion was nec­es­sary be­cause I had failed to heal since I was in­jured in that Na­tions Cup qual­i­fier against Ethiopia back in June.”

Pot­loane was on loan at Mat­lama from Linare in the se­cond round of last sea­son and de­cided to con­tinue his ca­reer with Tse Put­soa as he was a free agent.

Mat­lama will be with­out star mid­fielder Mabuti Pot­loane (cen­tre) who un­der­went a knee op­er­a­tion last week in Bloem­fontein.

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