Matlaba will not be playing

Matlaba will not be playing

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Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana defender Thabo Matlaba has been declared fine after he was stretchered off and rushed to hospital on Sunday night (29 March).

Matlaba was elbowed on the chest in the latter stages of the second half of the international friendly match against Nigeria at the Mbombela Stadium which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Left-back Sibusiso Khumalo took his place in the 80th minute.

The initial diagnosis was that he had a lung contusion (bruise) because he was in serious pain at the stadium and at the hospital this was confirmed after a CT Scan of the chest and lungs.

He was elbowed hard on the chest but he is now fine, there is nothing broken, which is a great relief. He was discharged last night from the hospital but he will need total rest for some time, and this will be determined by his clubs medical team, said Dr Thulani Ngwenya, the Bafana Bafana Team doctor.

Bafana Bafana have already returned from their camp in Nelspruit.