Maritzburg United suffer major blow as Keagan Buchanan set for lengthy spell on the sidelines

The Team of Choice will be without the former South Africa youth international when they take on the Clever Boys

Maritzburg United have suffered a major blow with the news that Keagan Buchanan has sustained a long-term injury.

The 27-year-old player has picked up a major knee injury and he is expected to spend several months on the sidelines.

The Team of Choice announced that Buchanan had suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in his knee during training on Wednesday.

Maritzburg head coach Fadlu Davids has admitted that it is a big blow for his side as they continue their preparations for their next game which is against Bidvest Wits

“It's a blow for us to lose him," Davids said in an official statement. 

The Team of Choice are set to travel to the Bidvest Stadium where they are scheduled to face Wits in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) game on Saturday.

"It happened at training, will have a scan today to determine the extent of the injury.," the retired striker continued. 

"But it's definitely an ACL, maybe not a complete rupture, either grade two or two, which will put him out for a couple of months," Davids concluded.

The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has been unfortunate when it comes to injuries during his career in the PSL.

Buchanan sustained a similar ACL injury while playing for Bloemfontein Celtic in January 2016 and he was ruled out for the season.

In June 2016, Buchanan secured a move to Chiefs where he was able to complete his recovery from the long-term injury.

However, the Cape Town-born player struggled with injuries during his spell with Amakhosi and he was released by the club at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Maritzburg signed Buchanan two months ago after he impressed Davids during a trial stint.

Buchanan has made three appearances in all competitions for Maritzburg this season.