Moroka Swallows striker Siyabonga Nomvete will only hear next week how long he is expected to be out for but it could be as long as eight weeks.
The 35-year-old had an operation on his toe on Wednesday and will get a definitive diagnosis of his recovery time next week once the swelling has subsided, according to the club’s doctor Ephraim Nematswerani.
But Nomvete faces a dilemma over how long he takes over his recovery, having to make a choice on whether he wants to try and be fit for the African Nations Cup finals or not.
Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques said it was too early to make any decisions but is likely to be keen for Nomvete to take his time and heal completely so that he is available to play for the club in what will be a taxing second half of the season.
“It is not clear yet and we’ll only hear from the doctors next week,” he told Goal.com.
But Nomvete, who was the best player of the last Premier Soccer League season, would be torn between participating in the Nations Cup where he is likely to have a final swansong at international level.
In order to do so he would need to push his recovery to get back on the pitch on time to convince Gordon Igesund of his fitness, risking the possibility of injuring himself again.
Nomvete had a ligament tear in his toe fixed in a quick surgery in midweek.