Grobler was dealt a hefty blow at the start of the year as he was forced to undergo surgery on a recurring groin injury that plagued his last two seasons. SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler was at a loss for words when asked about his road to recovery and rediscovering his form, but lauded coach Kaitano Tembo in the process.
The 30-year-old Bafana Bafana international returned for his first few games since February to score three goals in this season’s MTN8 competition as SuperSport waltzed into the final with the aim of defending their crown.
Matsatsantsa certainly missed the experience of their long-serving forward in the previous campaign, as they scraped into the top eight by virtue of Ajax Cape Town’s Tendai Ndoro indiscretion. Personally, for Grobler, it has been an arduous fight to get himself back into contention but finding his scoring boots immediately has been the overwhelming part.
“It something you can’t explain to people, that feeling of working six to seven months to get back from an injury and then actually scoring again,” said Grobler. “So, I’m happy with where I am now and, a lot of people have asked what my goals are for the season – how many goals I want to score or trophies I want to win.
“For me, I’ve just said I want to focus on just playing games regularly, staying injury-free and I know everything else will follow from there.” Having missed out on their recent 4-0 thrashing of Black Leopards, the former Platinum Stars hitman has alleviated fresh injury concerns as he paid tribute to Tembo for placing due consideration on using him sparingly.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I felt something last week and, obviously with the [injury] record I’ve got, I didn’t want to push myself and risk it,” he explained. “And I’ve got to give credit to the coach, I think he understands where I’ve come from with regards to injuries and that, and he’s backed me the whole way.
“He [Tembo] has known when to kind of rest me or not play me too much, which I appreciate, and I think it’s worked for me. Hopefully, it will work for me this season.” Cape Town City could have their work cut out when they square off against Grobler and his Tshwane side in a replica of the 2017 MTN8 final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium this Saturday (19h00 kick-off).