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Bafana Bafana midfielder Keagan Dolly undergoes successful surgery

12:23 WAT 18/09/2018
Keagan Dolly Bafana Bafana v Libya, September 2018
The 25-year-old attacker is set to be out for several weeks after undergoing surgery

French Ligue 1 side Montpellier HSC has announced that Keagan Dolly has undergone successful surgery.

The South Africa international sustained an injury on his calf bone during Montpellier's 1-1 draw with Strasbourg in a Ligue 1 match which was played at the Stade de la Mosson over the weekend. 

Dolly, who was nurtured in the Mamelodi Sundowns academy, collided with Strasbourg midfielder Jeremy Grimm a few minutes into the game and he was substituted in the sixth minute.

His South Africa team-mate Lebogang Mothiba, who recently joined Strasbourg from Ligue 1 outfit OSC Lille, came off the bench to score a late equalizing goal in stoppage time to ensure that the game ended in a stalemate.

Dolly underwent a successful operation on his fractured fibula on Monday and he is set to be out for several weeks.

The former Ajax Cape Town winger could also miss South Africa's upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers (Group E) in October and November 2018.

Bafana Bafana have back-to-back fixtures against Southern African rivals Seychelles in October and three-time Afcon winners Nigeria in November.

"Keagan Dolly had a successful surgery yesterday (Monday). We wish him a speedy recovery," Montpellier said on their official Twitter account

Dolly was looking forward to playing regularly for La Paillade, who are currently placed fifth on the Ligue 1 standings. 

"I've had a good pre-season and would love to enjoy a good run with Montpellier this season," Dolly told BBC Sport.

Dolly has made three appearances in the Ligue 1 this season plus one in the French National Three for the club's reserve team.

The left-footed attacker joined Montpellier from Sundowns midway through the 2016/17 season for a fee of around $2 million.

He had played an important role in helping Sundowns win the 2016 Caf Champions League title and 2015/16 Premier Soccer League (PSL) title.