Picture: ISTOCK
Picture: ISTOCK

Inspirational skipper Jabu Maluleke and hard-working midfielder Sammy Seabi could be missing for Polokwane City’s trip to Free State Stars as they struggle with light injuries.

Coach Jozef Vukusic has said that he does not want to subject the pair to an unnecessary trip and will make a final decision on their availability before City leave on a seven-hour bus journey to Bethlehem to take on Stars on Wednesday night.

“It is a tough trip there. Seven hours there‚ seven hours back‚” said Vukusic.

“If you take players there‚ even if only for the bench‚ like Jabu or Seabi‚ you kill them. Firstly‚ they are out of training for three games and secondly they come back tired if they don’t play.

“We must see whether it makes sense to take players with doubts [over their fitness]. Plus on Saturday we have a big game against Golden Arrows.

Polokwane City won for only the second time in 2019 by beating Baroka FC 3-1 in the Polokwane derby at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday. Maluleke and Seabi came off in the second half as a precautionary measure‚ as they struggled with niggles.

Sunday’s victory moved City back up to seventh place in the standings and they will look to consolidate that in Bethlehem against relegation-threatened Stars.

Vukusic has already made it clear a top-eight place is on his agenda. “Our target is top eight‚” he said. “I said it at the start of the season and I said it again after we lost our opening two games."