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Vilakazi: I can get better once we resume

Sibusiso Vilakazi says he's "blessed" to be injury-free this season and is looking forward to the return of competitive action.

The 30-year-old striker ruptured his Achilles tendon in October 2018 while on duty for Bafana Bafana.

After undergoing surgery and rehabilitation, Vilakazi came back strongly this term, helping Sundowns to second place on the Premier Soccer League standings ahead of the enforced break.

The Brazilians are also in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup, where they will face Bidvest Wits, and Vilakazi feels he'll be even better after the restart.

Talks to resume the PSL are underway, and while clubs have been given the green-light to resume training, they are yet to be officially allowed to start up again.

Speaking to the club's official website, Vilakazi said: "I have been blessed by not being injured this season, that was the setback previously.

"I am grateful for being injury-free, and when that happens the coaches will give you the opportunity, and I think I have done the job the best way I can."

He added: "My priority has been to do my best to help the team. That’s my motto this season. I believe I can get better once we resume football because Sundowns is a team determined to get more trophies.

"I want to smell the grass again, get the feel of the ball on my boots and wear the training kit – going for it again and hearing the coach give us that pep-talk again, that we are back.

"Those are the things that I am looking forward to, and to see how we go about the remaining games and the Nedbank Cup. That’s exciting."