Fransman underwent a relatively minor operation on Monday but has recovered well and is expected to feature in Orlando on Saturday night when the Team of Choice take on the Sea Robbers.
“I'm feeling much better now. The doctor performed a good procedure and everything is fine; some very good micro-surgery, no swelling or pain. It’s just a matter of looking after it,” the central defender revealed.
Commenting on the upcoming game against the Buccaneers, Fransman wants his team to be ready to defend with the same kind of tenacity Ajax showed against the Soweto giants.
“I think it’s going to be a good game, hopefully an open game. I looked at Pirates’ previous game and it was a result which never told the true reflection of the game.
“Credit to Ajax for sticking to their guns and scoring on the break, though it wasn’t a reflection of how much time Pirates had on the ball, they bossed the match with their passing and their movement. But Ajax defended very well and we intend to do the same and continue our good defensive record,” he added.
Fransman is optimistic that United can shrug off the partisan home supporters in Orlando on Saturday and come away with a positive result.
There’s been games on the road where maybe the result shouldn’t have been ours, but the guys grabbed it, so credit to the resolve we have shown, the guys have put their heads down and forgotten about where the game is taking place."
Both teams have won three of their last five fixtures and just two points separate fourth placed Pirates (30 points) from Maritzburg in sixth spot.
The first round encounter in Pietermaritzburg ended 0-0, while last season' two league matches both yielded home wins. The Team of Choice last beat Pirates away from home in 2014, a record they’ll be looking to change.
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