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Briefs

Thu 12 Mar by Mark Gleeson

Briefs

* Bidvest Wits skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo is still some way off recovery from the latest bout of concussion he suffered a fortnight ago and will miss tonight’s Nedbank Cup clash against Real Kings. He is also unlikely to play next Saturday, when Wits are away at Orlando Pirates in a high-profile Premier Soccer League clash.

* The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have no plans to postpone any club or international fixtures due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak, but are open to scheduling matches behind closed doors. There are two full rounds of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for the international window this month, while the African Champions League and Confederation Cup club competitions at the semi-final stage. A number of nations, including Kenya and Madagascar, have already had their sports ministries ban the hosting of international sports events, putting them on a collision course with CAF.

* Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted he is willing to stay at the club despite constant speculation over his future. The 30-year-old has been in lethal form once again this season, scoring 17 goals in 26 games in the English Premier League. But his contract expires next June and there have been suggestions that Arsenal may cash in on the forward rather than run the risk of letting him leave on a free in the future, particularly if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season. But speaking to the club's official website, Aubameyang seemed to suggest he is in no hurry to leave the Emirates.

* Mamelodi Sundowns full-back Tebogo Langerman hobbled off the field with a knee injury late into Wednesday’s game against Stellenbosch FC, leaving his side down to 10 men after they had already made all their changes. But coach Pitso Mosimane said it was only a heavy knock rather than a muscle injury, meaning he could play this weekend in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final tie against Highlands Park.

* Danny Drinkwater's Aston Villa future remains in limbo after a training ground bust-up with Jota. The midfielder was sent home on Tuesday following an altercation with team-mate Jota and is likely to be fined. Drinkwater, 30, has made four appearances for Villa after signing on loan from Chelsea in January but is ineligible to face his parent club when they travel to Villa Park tomorrow.