In­jury-hit United have a tough time ahead

The Citizen (KZN) - - LOCAL NEWS - Michael­son Gumede

Eric Tin­kler is ex­pect­ing his for­mer side Cape Town City to come out all guns blaz­ing to­mor­row afternoon when they face his cur­rent team Su­perS­port United at the Mbombela Sta­dium in an Absa Pre­mier­ship clash.

With the vis­i­tors com­ing off the back of a 4-2 de­feat at the hands of Mar­itzburg United on Tues­day, Tin­kler be­lieves City will be a lot more mo­ti­vated when they play Mat­sat­santsa.

“City have started the league very well, it is go­ing to be a tough game be­cause they are go­ing to be ex­tra mo­ti­vated,” he said.

“We are Su­perS­port United and from what we have achieved this sea­son and last sea­son, we are the team to beat. We can’t un­der­es­ti­mate them at all, they’ve had good re­sults and bad re­sults. I also had a few good re­sults and bad re­sults when I was there. I think they have the play­ers there who have got the abil­ity to turn that around.”

Tin­kler’s side is plagued by in­juries with the likes of Thabo Mnya­mane, Ron­wen Wil­liams, Fa­grie Lakay and Onis­mor Bhasera all side­lined. The for­mer Or­lando Pi­rates coach has re­vealed that striker Bradley Grob­ler (left) has been car­ry­ing a knock since June, and gives an in­sight on his player-rest­ing pro­gramme.

“When we talk about play­ers rest­ing we’ve got to be care­ful be­cause when we talk about it some­times it does not mean a player is go­ing to take a hol­i­day for a week. Some­times it means giv­ing them one or two days off and it might be that we’ve made de­ci­sion be­fore the game that we are only go­ing to give this spe­cific player a cer­tain num­ber of min­utes be­cause we have to re­mem­ber that what they give is im­por­tant be­cause we are talk­ing about key play­ers. If we can get 45 or 65 min­utes out of them, that’s okay,” said Tin­kler.

“For ex­am­ple, Bradley hasn’t re­ally had a full week of train­ing since I joined the club, not even a sin­gle one. So it is about that man­age­ment of the player and then as­sess­ing when can we or can­not play him and for how long we can play him.”

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