Orlando Pirates midfielder Makhehleni Makhaula has been cleared to return to training.

The 34-year-old collapsed with chest pains during his side’s recent 4-0 Nedbank Cup victory over Hungry Lions before being treated at the venue and ultimately transferred to hospital.

He underwent further observation and treatment and has subsequently been declared fit to rejoin his teammates.

A club statement read: “Orlando Pirates can confirm that midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula has been given the all-clear to resume training in the coming days, following his early withdrawal from the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 fixture against Hungry Lions at Orlando Stadium.

“The 34-year-old had to be stretchered off the field just before halftime on Saturday after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. 

“He was treated by the Club’s medical team with assistance from the medics and promptly transferred to Milpark Hospital for further medical treatment.”

Makhaula added that he won’t rush back to full training but that he is feeling fully fit.

“I have been ordered to rest and have been taking it easy. The coach and the team doctor will advise on how quickly I can rejoin the team, but I’m feeling 100% and ready to go,” he explained.

Pirates are back in action against Sekhukhune United on March 30.