Prior to the international break, Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place in the group stages of the 2017 Caf Champions League, courtesy of a late Anthony Laffor goal.
While, the aggregate victory was a major boost to Masandawana’s confidence following a string of indifferent results, Sundowns have been dealt a major blow ahead of their Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash with Kaizer Chiefs.
Defender Wayne Arendse was replaced by Bangaly Soumahoro 10 minutes into their second leg match against Kampala Capital City Authority in Uganda, following an ankle injury and he's set to miss out on a massive portion of the remainder of the season.
The 32-year-old has been an integral part of Pitso Mosimane’s triumphant team and his injury will come as a massive blow, with the Brazilians continually playing catch up in the league.
Arendse could be sidelined for up to eight weeks as he is set to undergo surgery.
Due to Sundowns’ congested fixture schedule, they have experienced a host of injuries of late, and Arendse will join the likes of Khama Billiat and Sibusiso Vilakazi who both missed the clash in Uganda through injuries.
However, there is some respite for Sundowns' injury woes as Billiat is currently on the mend.
Although, the centre back’s absence will be felt, Sundowns have enough cover in defence. Ivorian defender Soumahoro, Thabo Thabo Nthethe and Ricardo Nascimento are all available to fill the void, while Anele Ngcongca is also capable of playing as a centre-back.