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'Morena in key recovery phase'

The next few weeks will be crucial for Thapelo Morena as he looks to recover from an ankle injury says Mamelodi Sundowns doctor Carl Tabane.

Morena suffered the season-ending blow in a 1-0 Nedbank Cup first round win over SuperSport United in February.

The 26-year-old underwent surgery and ultimately had his cast removed last week ahead of starting his rehabilitation.

Speaking to the Sowetan Dr. Tabane said: "This is the most important part the recovery process.
"You can have a good operation but if you don't have good rehabilitation‚ you may never come back.

"I know that he is a strong boy mentally and he is in a good head space‚ which is important after a bad injury like this.

He added: "We have players like Sibusiso Vilakazi and Oupa Manyisa who have fully recovered from similar injuries and they have been speaking to him.

"They played a crucial role in giving him some sort of counseling and assuring him that he will recover.

"Villa (Vilakazi)‚ whose injury was also bad‚ is back playing and it is the same with Oupa who is doing full training after their long injuries."

Tabane also stressed the importance of not rushing back early to full training and getting proper support. "These types of Injuries take time to heal but it is our duty as the medical team to offer a player necessary support they need to make a comeback," he explained.

"He is seven weeks post operation but the positive step is that his cast was removed last week‚ and he has started with the rehabilitation process."