Moroka Swallows midfielder Tlakusani Mthethwa shared the difficult process he went through during being sidelined due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Mthethwa has been out injured for more than a season after he had an ACL injury. The 30-year-old got injured when every team was dreaming of having him in his team after he had a stellar first DStv Premiership season with Swallows.
The midfield maestro emotionally explained the process he went through and how difficult it was to make it back to the field of play.
“ACL is not an easy injury, you go for 12 months and more. I went for two years. The road to recovery is not easy especially if you don’t have people close to you supporting you.” Mthethwa told the media.
“I’m grateful to the club because they were there through each and every process from the operation, from booking me the psychologist, the therapist that I need in order to come back.
“Sometimes you feel like you’re ready and in two steps you realise no man I need to go back to rehab so it’s not easy. I’ve seen players who went through that operation or that injury and they don’t comeback and playing or not being consistent, maybe you drop form. This is a life-threatening injury to be honest.
“Going away for three years or above some players because there are some players who are still recovering from that, according to the doctor they would say after 12 months you might come back, sometimes it might take longer that depending on your rehab and your muscles how they quickly recover.
“You have to have a good supporting structure and you have to tell yourself that you will comeback. You need to pray harder that’s what I did. And each and every time when I’m watching football, I start being emotional, I should’ve been there.”
Despite being linked with an off-season exit Mthethwa has featured eight times under head coach Steve Komphela this campaign.