Mamelodi Sundowns have suffered a massive blow with news that midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi will be out for up to six months with a ruptured tendon injury.
The Brazilians attacker sustained the injury when he was on duty for Bafana Bafana last week as they prepared to face Seychelles in their 2019 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“Sibusiso Vilakazi has been ruled out for a period of up to six months with a ruptured tendon. This means Vilakazi is unlikely to feature in the remainder of the 2018/19 season that will conclude in May next year,” said Sundowns in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Brazilians’ medical team monitored him after his return from the Bafana camp to confirm the news that his has undergone a successful surgery. This is a blow for the Brazilians as they will be competing in four competitions during that period,” added the statement.
Since suffering the injury, Vilakazi missed their 6-0 win over the Islanders at the FNB Stadium, and he is set to be out of this wekeend's clash against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16.
Moreover, the 2016 African champions will return to the continent as they start their Caf Champions League commitments next month and coach Pitso Mosimane will be without the Soweto-born player.
On top of those two competitions, the Tshwane side will also want to challenge for the Nedbank Cup whilst also hoping to defend their PSL title.
However, Mosimane and his technical team will pin their hopes on the likes of Toni Silva, Phakamani Mahlambi as well as Lebohang Maboe to provide goals and creativity upfront.
On the other hand, the reigning PSL champions are boosted by the return of Themba Zwane, who also missed Bafana's Afcon qualifier against Libya last month.
Sibusiso Vilakazi has been ruled out for a period of up to six months with a ruptured tendon. This means Vilakazi is unlikely to feature in the remainder of the 2018/19 season that will conclude in May next year.— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) October 16, 2018
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