Cape Town – Chippa United midfielder Kurt Lentjies feels it is unfair that he is being blamed for an injury to Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
Kaizer Chiefs stopper Khune is a major doubt to feature for South Africa in back-to-back 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifiers against Senegal after he broke a bone in his face following a nasty collision with Lentjies five minutes from time in Sunday's Telkom Knockout win over Chippa.
Lentjies has come under fire, especially on social media, but the experienced Cape Town-born play-maker feels the criticism is unwarranted.
"The incident was just unfortunate. I wish Khune a speedy recovery, but does anyone care about what happened to me?
"I am here with a concussion and a dislocated shoulder. But that is not as important because I am not Mzansi's No 1," Lentjies told The New Age.
"Am I even a dirty player? Look at my career. I have always been an honest player and I would never go out to intentionally injure another player," he continued.
"But what is happening (the hostile social media) does not bother me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I am just surprised that no one even asked if I am fine or not."
Meanwhile Khune has requested to play in against Senegal in a protective mask that has raised hopes that he will be available for selection in Friday's match.
"Itu himself has asked us to prepare a mask‚ which means he’s hopeful. But that could be enthusiasm and ambition.
"The final decision will rest with the medical people," Baxter said.