Swallows Coach Brandon Truter is hoping to welcome back a few players to the team when they face TS Galaxy in the DStv Premiership on Tuesday.
Swallows suffered their defeat of the season on Saturday, when they lost on penalties to TTM in the Nedbank Cup, and Truter is looking for the team to bounce back, so he is hoping his team have recovered for the game.
They are of course still undefeated in the league, on 30 points in third place, six points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Apart from injuries, Swallows will be missing Junaid Sait (and goalkeeper coach Johan Abselom), who is suspended.
“Look, yeah, the suspensions we can’t do anything about, we are hoping the injured guys come back, hoping that the guys that’s out for medical reasons get back as well,” Truter said on the weekend.
“We tried to save as much players as we can for the Galaxy game as well. So we got actually only one day that we can actually do something.”
“But we went to extra time, that was extra minutes for people on the park. And we need to be mindful about that having a fresh team available for for Tuesday.”
Truter was disappointed to exit the cup, but says credit must go to the winners as well.
“I think we need to get better. There was some movements that I haven’t seen before, or that we didn’t train so so we it was uncharacteristic of us, what we did today, but credit must go to TTM as well, they put us under pressure in situations where we shouldn’t have found ourselves in.”
“But it’s something to work on. Goalscoring is still a concern for me two defenders scored today, and it’s something we need to address and something we need to look at.
“But yeah, we would we would love to go further in this competition, but unlucky and I’m thinking about last season, we also went out on penalties and then we went on an ubeaten run. So I’m hoping it’s the same.”
Truter says nothing has changed about his one-game-at-a-time philosophy.
“It’s still one game at a time. There’s still too many games, still too much football to play to look at that.”
“Yes, people might think we are safe with the amount of games that are left, but we still need a few points to be actually safe. It’s going to be tough in the second round. We have to show our true colours here.”