We're supposed to be mates: Hatchet man Mokoena boots Blackburn colleague Santa Cruz out of Reading clash

Last updated at 13:27 27 March 2008

Aaron Mokoena may have forced Roque Santa Cruz out of Blackburn's clash with

Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Santa Cruz limped off with an ankle injury after 23 minutes of Paraguay's 3-0

friendly defeat to South Africa in Pretoria last night following a poor tackle

from Blackburn team-mate Mokoena.

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South Africa captain Mokoena was making his 74th international appearance,

equalling the previous record set by Shaun Bartlett.

Although it is understood the injury is not too serious, Blackburn boss Mark

Hughes will not know whether leading scorer Santa Cruz will be fit to face

Reading until he is assessed by club physios.

At least Hughes will be delighted fellow striker Benni McCarthy was on the

scoresheet, becoming South Africa's all-time leading goalscorer with his 30th

goal in 70 appearances, breaking a record also set by Bartlett.

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