Siyabonga Nomvete is highly unlikely to make a his return to action this year, never mind Tuesday’s derby against Premier Soccer League leaders Kaizer Chiefs, said the Birds coach Zeca Marques.
It means he will likely not see any competitive action before February, after the mid-season break for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
“I don’t see him back this year, he is not even running again,” Marques told Goal.com.
“He has had the stitches taken out of the wound on the outside of his toe but there are still stitches inside where the doctors have sewn the ligament back.”
The 34-year-old Nomvete suffered a tear in his toe after taking off awkwardly in an innocuous-looking jump in the 3-0 win over Orlando Pirates in the league on September 1.
“I just went up for the ball and it was in the take off that I hurt it,” said this year’s Player of the Season winner at the time.
Marques said Nomvete was due to begin rehabilitation with the club’s physiotherapist in the next week and was at least a fortnight away from beginning to run.
“I’d love to have him back now but that is the reality of the situation,” he said.