“It showed with [goalkeeper Richard] Ofori being out for long, our front area and attacking players with Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch out, and Collins Makgaga coming in, and now just missing the last three matches.
“There are areas that we have identified, but that has been in internal discussions. You don't want to be quoting positions, but on the whole there are departments that need depth to sustain us going into Caf [the Confederation Cup group stages], travelling and matches every three days.
“And you don't want to rotate — you want to play the strongest team. But you are going to have these moments where you need a player to come in and you don't lose the structure, and don't have a dip [in quality] because of the replacement.”
Thembinkosi Lorch, Innocent Maela and Zakhele Lepasa are among key players to have returned to Bucs this month and the club will aim to use the break to nurse others to full fitness.
Pirates, the 2015 finalists in the Confed Cup, were drawn with JS Kabylie of Algeria or Royal Leopards of Eswatini, JS Saoura of Algeria and Libya’s Al Ittihad in group B on Tuesday.
They open the group campaign against Saoura at Orlando Stadium on the weekend of February 12-13, and return to Premiership action against Lamontville Golden Arrows at Orlando on Wednesday February 16.