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Another blow for Bafana Bafana as key striker could miss Nations Cup

The Bafana Bafana injury curse looks to have struck again with Siyabonga Nomvete facing surgery on his toe this week and a lengthy lay-off.

The national team, preparing for next January’s African Nations Cup finals, have also lost key players like Thulani Serero, Katlego Mphela and Morgan Gould to long term injuries and captain Steven Pienaar has retired.

Now comes a further blow to coach Gordon Igesund as Nomvete heads to the operating table to fix his big toe.

He underwent a scan last week and it has been confirmed he has strained a ligament that requires surgery.

"The problem is that you can end up having reduced range of motion of the big toe joint. The only way to prevent that is do the operation," Swallows team doctor Ephraim Nematswerani told reporters.

He suggested the veteran Swallows marksman will be out for at least eight weeks.

Nomvethe injured the toe when he fell during Swallows' 3-0 win against Orlando Pirates on September 1.

"It's still early to talk about the Nations Cup finals for him. For us the health of the player is more important because tournament will come and go."

If Nomvete misses the January tournament, South Africa face playing without any established strikers.

Benni McCarthy has been making a recovery from his hamstring strain but there is no guarantee he will be fit for the tournament, leaving Bernard Parker as the first choice striker when he is more comfortable playing behind the forwards.