Wayne wants 200% effort from Downs
The helplessness that Wayne Arendse felt watching Mamelodi Sundowns from the stands dwarfed the pain he felt after tearing an ankle ligament.
That has kept the Sundowns centreback out of action since March. He missed their last 13 league matches and the club's start of their Caf Champions League title defence in the group stage.
What Arendse saw from the stands was not pretty. Sundowns lost the Absa Premiership to Bidvest Wits and sit in third place in the Champions League, three points behind leaders Esperance.
"The hardest part was watching the team let the league slip away, unable to do anything about it," Arendse said. "It was hard, and we also started badly in the Champions League. But all of that didn't mean we had turned into a bad team. We had a lot of injuries." Those injury problems haven't subsided even though Arendse returned to full training on Wednesday.
Motjeka Madisha limped off the field in the Brazilians' 2-1 loss to Esperance on June 2. Soumahoro Bangaly conceded a silly penalty with a minute left in that clash which saw Sundowns lose at home for the first time in the Champions League under Pitso Mosimane.