Cosafa Women's Cup: Blow for Banyana as Janine Van Wyk suffers knee injury

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The South Africa captain was withdrawn after the first half against Malawi after sustaining a blow to her knee

South Africa captain Janine Van Wyk was withdrawn from the clash with Malawi on Friday after picking up a knee injury.

The 32-year-old, who led Banyana Banyana to a four Cosafa Women's Cup titles, was left out for the second half after she suffered an injury from a poor challenge just before half-time.

The JVW star, who was making her first start in the competition, could not continue after and had to be replaced by Noko Matlou at the restart.

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She was subsequently transferred to the hospital for further checks and undergo an MRI scan to ascertain the extent of her injury.

It will come as a concern for Banyana coach Desiree Ellis ahead of the crucial run of games in a bid to defend the title they won last year.

With a 3-1 win over Malawi on Friday, South Africa are on the verge of the semi-finals and will take on Madagascar in their last Group A match on Monday.